Chris Brown's Felony Assault Charge Reduced to Misdemeanor
Chris Brown is a free man again after his felony assault charge was reduced to a misdemeanor, The Associated Press reports.
Brown spent a day and a half in custody after allegedly punching a man who tried to get a picture with the singer and two other people near the W Hotel in Washington, D.C., early Sunday morning. According to Parker Isaac Adams' account in the police report, Brown made a homophobic remark before the assault. "I'm not down with that gay sh--," Brown allegedly said, along with, "I feel like boxing."
A court filing states that Adams' nose was fractured. The victim claims that both Brown and his bodyguard Chris Hollosy punched him before Hollosy led Brown back to his tour bus.
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Brown, 24, denies hitting Adams, 20, and claims he was on his tour bus when Hollosy fought with Adams. "We understand that his security acted to protect Mr. Brown and Mr. Brown's property as he was authorized to do under District of Columbia law. We are confident that Mr. Brown will be exonerated of any wrongdoing," Brown's lawyer, Danny Onorato, said after Monday's hearing.
Brown is currently on probation stemming from his 2009 assault on Rihanna. If convicted of violating his probation, he faces up to four years in prison. Brown's next probation progress hearing is scheduled for Nov. 20.
This is not the first time Brown was in risk of violating his probation. Earlier this year, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said the singer falsified records claiming that he completed 1,400 hours of required community service. He was also involved in an alleged hit-and-run in May, but the case was dismissed. He currently has until August to complete an additional1,000 hours of community service.