As an update to the story we reported yesterday about Chris Brown’s arrest in Washington, DC…CNN reports that in court on Monday, Brown’s charges, along with those of his bodyguard, were reduced from felony assault to misdemeanor simple assault charges, and that the two were subsequently unshackled and released without bail.
The initial arrest came after a physical altercation outside the W Hotel in DC early Sunday morning, during which Brown and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy allegedly punched Adams Parker, 20, in the face. The victim told police he was simply trying to insert himself into a fan photo, and that Brown accompanied his attack with a gay slur. Representatives from the Brown camp had claimed earlier that Parker was trying to get on the tour bus. Brown’s attorney told reporters after the hearing, “Christopher Brown committed no crime. We understand that his security acted to protect Mr. Brown and his 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 reduced charges accompanied a mandate that the singer report to his probation officer within 48 hours and not come within 100 yards of the alleged victim.
While the reduced charge would seem to be good news, Brown is far from in the clear regarding his legal issues. Still on probation after being convicted of felony assault for beating then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, Brown’s probation rules state that he is not to get into any legal trouble, and previous probation violations have already added 1000 hours of community service to his sentence. Regardless of whether he is convicted of this misdemeanor charge, he could face additional penalties.
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