Police: Chris Brown Charged With Assault In D.C.
WASHINGTON (WJZ/AP)—Grammy award-winning R&B singer Chris Brown sits in jail–in trouble with the law once again. Brown is charged with felony assault. He’s accused of attacking a man early Sunday morning in Washington, D.C.
Linh Bui explains what led to the altercation.
Some time Monday, Brown will be arraigned in D.C. Superior Court after a physical altercation left another man bruised and bloody.
Police say Brown and his 35-year-old bodyguard, Chris Hollosy, were involved in an altercation that started just before 4:30 a.m. Sunday.
The superstar and his bodyguard both will face a D.C. judge Monday. Each are charged with felony assault.
The 24-year-old singer was in Washington to emcee an unofficial Howard University homecoming event.
Sometime after he left, police say Brown was outside the W Hotel posing for a picture with fans when a man jumped into the photo.
According to arresting documents, Brown said, “I’m not down with that gay [expletive]. I feel like boxing.”
Police say Brown and his bodyguard each punched the victim in the face.
Officers arrested them.
The victim was taken to the hospital.
This could have serious legal consequences for Brown. He remains on probation for the 2009 beating of his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna just before the Grammy Awards. The photos of Rihanna’s bruised face caused outrage among many fans. Brown pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault as part of a plea deal.
Brown, who lives in Los Angeles and is originally from Virginia, has been involved in a number of incidents since the 2009 arrest. He was initially sued for a nightclub brawl that allegedly erupted between his entourage and that of musician Drake, at the time believed to be a paramour of Rihanna.
Brown also tussled with singer Frank Ocean and others after Ocean parked in Brown’s space at a recording studio in Los Angeles. Ocean said he suffered an injured finger, but no charges were filed. A second man, Sha’keir Duarte, sued Brown, claiming a concussion.
Brown’s arrest could prompt Los Angeles prosecutors to seek a revocation of Brown’s probation for the Rihanna beating and ask a judge to impose additional penalties on the singer, including time in jail or prison.
Brown is due back in court Nov. 20 in Los Angeles to update a judge on his probation.
In early August, Brown was involved in an alleged hit-and-run accident. He recently reached a civil compromise with the other driver.
Police say the victim from Sunday’s attack had a bruised and swollen face. He’s been treated and released from the hospital.
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