District prosecutors on Monday lowered an assault charge against R&B singer Chris Brown, who is accused of punching a man during a fight outside the W hotel in DC, from a felony to a misdemeanor, according to court records. Brown told police he did not punch the man, according to court papers.
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Hip hop star Chris Brown and a bodyguard were arrested Sunday morning and charged with felony assault, according to Washington Metropolitan Police Department.
The 24 year old R&B singer and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy were allegedly involved in an altercation with another man outside the W Hotel early this morning, police confirmed.
The alleged victim told TMZ … he and a friend were hanging out at the W when they saw 2 women about to take a picture with Brown. The victim — who says he’s not a Chris Brown fan — says he and his buddy photo bombed the 2 women and Chris went nuts, punching him in the face and BREAKING HIS NOSE.
Law enforcement sources and the alleged victim also reportedly told TMZ … before striking the man, Chris said, “I’m not into this gay s**t, I’m into boxing.” After Chris punched the man, the fight was taken to the ground.
Chris and his bodyguard were taken into custody and were being held at the 2nd District police station according to the report.
Brown had been scheduled to perform Saturday night at a Howard University homecoming-related party at The Park at Fourteenth.
The singer is on probation in California for a felony domestic violence conviction involving his former girlfriend Rihanna. Any arrest could be considered a violation of that probation, which could result in jail time.
Prosecutors filed probation violation charges against him twice in the past year, resulting in the judge ordering him to complete an additional 1,000 hours of community service.
He was also accused of hit-and-run following a minor traffic crash earlier this year. The driver of the other car told investigators that Brown “went ballistic” and screamed at her after his Range Rover rear-ended her Mercedes on a Los Angeles street.
In August, Brown’s lawyer reached a settlement with prosecutors to end their efforts to revoke his probation. The deal called for Brown to complete another 1,000 hours of community service.
He is scheduled to appear before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin on November 20 for a probation status hearing.