News

Chris Brown pleads not guilty in assault that broke man’s nose

Chris Brown pleads not guilty in assault that broke man’s nose

ARRESTED AGAIN: Rapper Chris Brown (C) leaves the U.S. District Court in Washington Oct. 28. Photo: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

By Ian Simpson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – R&B singer Chris Brown pleaded not guilty on Monday to misdemeanor assault after a fight that broke a man’s nose on Sunday outside a Washington hotel, the latest legal run-in for the Grammy-winner.

After spending the night in jail, Brown left the courthouse in a crush of security and press as fans crying “Chris, Chris” tried to rush the artist. He faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

Brown, 24, was arrested early on Sunday outside the upscale W Hotel, a few hundred yards from the White House. Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, 35, was also arrested, charged with assault and released after pleading not guilty.

Brown won a Grammy for best R&B album for F.A.M.E. in 2011 and is known for hits including “Deuces” and “Look at Me Now.” He appeared handcuffed in District of Columbia Superior Court, where a defense lawyer entered the not guilty plea on his behalf.

After the not guilty plea, the judge ordered Brown released, touching off a smattering of applause from fans in the courtroom. The judge also set a preliminary hearing for November 25 for both defendants.

“Christopher Brown committed no crime,” his lawyer, Danny Onorato, said in a statement. “We understand that his security acted to protect Mr. Brown and Mr. Brown’s property as he is authorized to do under District of Columbia law. We are confident that Mr. Brown will be exonerated of any wrongdoing.”

The episode began when two women asked Brown to be in a photo with them outside the hotel, a Metropolitan Police Department incident report said. Brown objected when Parker Adams, 20, of Beltsville, Maryland, tried to get in the picture.

“I’m not down with that gay (expletive),” Brown said, according to the report. “I feel like boxing.”

Brown, in Washington for a nightclub appearance on Saturday, punched Adams in the face, and Hollosy did the same, according to the report. Hollosy then pulled Brown by the arm to the singer’s tour bus, the report said.

Brown denied punching Adams, and Hollosy said he intervened when Adams tried to get on Brown’s bus, according to a court charging document.

Adams was taken to the hospital and treated for a broken nose, the charging document said.

Brown has been on probation since 2009 after assaulting pop singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend. Brown’s probation was revoked over the summer after he was charged in a hit-and-run traffic accident in Los Angeles, but reinstated after he agreed to another 1,000 hours of community labor.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has accused Brown of cutting corners on his community labor sentence, which he was allowed to complete in his home state of Virginia.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Today’s celebrity birthdays

Fresh
shaunwhite

Charlie Sheen, Shaun White, and LMFAO's Redfoo are among the stars celebrating today.

in Local Sports

Paxton takes shutout into 8th, Mariners stop A’s

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton works against the Chicago White Sox during the third inning of a baseball game in Seattle on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.

James Paxton pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning.

in Sports

Reports: Broncos WR Welker suspended for 4 games

A football before the first half of an NFL preseason football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis.

Wes Welker is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, according to published reports.

in Sports

49ers’ Harbaugh won’t tolerate domestic violence

San Francisco 49ers' defensive tackle Ray McDonald (91) against the Dallas Cowboys in an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011.

Jim Harbaugh gave stern comments about the topic Tuesday during his radio show on KNBR-AM, two days after 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested on felony domestic violence charges.

in Local Sports

Lynch has little to say ahead of Seahawks opener

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, third from left, carries the ball on the final day of NFL football training camp, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Renton, Wash.

Lynch spoke with the media for the first time this season on Tuesday.