- The Washington Times - Monday, April 21, 2014

Singer Chris Brown had his trial on assault charges continued until Wednesday after his bodyguard was convicted of a similar charge in D.C. Superior Court.

The continuance until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday came after Judge Patricia A. Wynn convicted Christopher Hollosy of a count of misdemeanor assault stemming from an October incident, in which a Maryland man said Mr. Brown and the bodyguard punched him outside a D.C. hotel.

Mr. Hollosy declined to testify in the case against Mr. Brown, 24, indicating he plans to appeal. That caused a scramble among lawyers who had planned to begin Mr. Brown’s trial after Mr. Hollosy’s trial concluded Monday. It was not clear whether prosecutors would offer Mr. Hollosy immunity for his testimony.

“The hurdle is to get this case on,” Mr. Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said after the case was postponed. “I don’t want to see Chris sit and languish.”

The outcome of the case could have an impact on how much time the Grammy award winner spends behind bars. He’s been in a California jail since March after being booted from a Malibu rehab clinic where he had been staying for anger management treatment. 

Mr. Brown has been shuttled to and from the District several times since his arrest, surrounded by a phalanx of reporters, photographers and fans.

He was arrested in the early morning hours of Oct. 27, 2013, after an altercation outside the W Hotel, in the 500 block of 15th Street Northwest.

The performer was in the city for an appearance at an event in connection with the Howard University homecoming.

Court documents outline two differing versions of the incident, with the 20-year-old victim saying Mr. Brown and then Mr. Hollosy punched him in the face after he tried to get in a picture with Mr. Brown.

But Mr. Brown and Mr. Hollosy told police that the man had tried to get on the singer’s tour bus, and that was why the bodyguard punched him, breaking his nose, court documents state.

Mr. Brown denied hitting the man or being part of the confrontation.

“No, I was on the bus … and my bodyguard handled it,” he told investigators.

A woman who had asked Mr. Brown if she could take a photo with him and her friend told police that Mr. Brown threw the first punch at the victim after he tried to get into the picture with the group.

She recounted Mr. Brown saying, “I’m not down with that gay s–,” and “I feel like boxing.”

Mr. Brown, a Virginia native, was sentenced to five years probation in 2009 for beating his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna.


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