Chris Brown is in trouble with the law once again as he was arrested on a felony assault charge in Washington D.C.
According to Washington Metropolitan Police Department via CNN, Chris Brown and his bodyguard were arrested early this morning and charged with felony assault.
Police tell CNN that Brown and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, were allegedly involved in an altercation outside the W Hotel at 4:25 a.m.
Following the altercation in which Brown allegedly attacked and punched a man after an argument, the singer and his bodyguard were taken into custody and are being held in D.C.’s 2nd District police station.
Chris Brown is currently on probation in California for a felony domestic violence conviction due to a 2009 incident involving his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna.
As a result of his current status on probation, any arrest could be considered a violation, which can result in jail time as probation rules require Brown to stay out of all legal trouble. Even if the arrest does not lead to a conviction, it could still result in a violation of probation and send Brown to prison for up to four years.
View the news report via HLN/CNN below:
Update #1 (10.27.13):
According to TMZ, the alleged incident went down due to two men trying to jump in a picture that Brown was taking with two women at a party he was hosting for Howard Homecoming at The Park at Fourteenth Nightclub., which caused the singer to “hurl a gay slur” and punch a man in the face, breaking his nose.
The victim of the assault by Brown told TMZ, he and a friend were at the W Hotel when they saw two women about to take a picture with the singer when he and his boy “photo bombed” the two women and Chris snapped, punching the guy in the face and breaking his nose.
Police told TMZ, the alleged victim of the assault said Brown told him before attacking him, “I’m not into this gay shit, I’m into boxing.”
The alleged victim also told the publication that he went to the hospital and says he may need surgery on his broken nose as early as tomorrow while also stating that he doesn’t understand why Brown was “so homophobic.“
He also said that would have accepted an apology from Brown at the scene, but now he is pressing charges against the singer, and has already hired a lawyer.
As the alleged victim says he was trying to “photo bomb” Brown, people in the singers camp says the guy is lying, and that he was trying to gain access to Chris’ tour bus and Brown was only trying to stop the man from trespassing on his bus.
As of this time, Brown and his bodyguard are still in police custody, and will not be able to be bailed out today due to D.C. law, and will have to sit in jail until they see a judge on Monday.
Update #2: (10.28)
Chris Brown’s Felony Charge Downgraded To Misdemeanor
Chris Brown just caught a huge break, which may save him from prison time, as his felony assault charge has been reduced to a misdemeanor.
According to TMZ, Chris Brown appeared in front of a D.C. judge and got a big break as his felony charge has been downgraded to a misdemeanor in which Brown plead not guilty to.
Brown had to appear in court today for his arraignment and to have his bond set, but since the charge was reduced, the singer was released without bail.
The report also states that the reason the charges were reduced is because the injuries to the victim were minor, even though the he claimed Brown broke his nose, and may have to have surgery.
Another reason for the downgraded charges is because there were conflicting witness accounts of what actually went down.
As Chris Brown has been released from jail, his only requirement is that he stays 100 yards away from the victim.
It was also noted that Brown’s bodyguard’s charge was also reduced to a misdemeanor.
Update #3: (10.28)
Parts of Chris Brown and the victim’s statements to police are revealed, and footage of Chris Brown leaving the courthouse while chaos ensues hits the net:
As reported by TMZ in another update, they have obtained statements to the police from Chris Brown and his victim. The statements conflict, and that was one of the reasons CB’s charges were reduced.
According to Chris Brown’s statement, he denies punching the victim, and claims he was on his tour bus when the victim tried getting on the bus and his bodyguard “handled it.”
The victim’s statement says that he was trying to get a pic with Brown and the singer said, as mentioned in an earlier update, “I ain’t down wit that gay shit.” But the victims response to Brown’s gay slur, according to police reports, is now revealed, and he claims that he responded to CB by saying, “Why you hoing?” in which Brown responded, “I feel like boxing.”
The victim also told police, after the exchange of words, he proceeded to square off with the singer and Brown punched him in the face, then the bodyguard also hit him in the face. After the bodyguard punched him, Brown got behind his bodyguard and yelled to him, “Yeah, walk away.”
To note, the D.C. metro police confirmed that the victim was treated for a fractured nasal bone.
You can check out the footage of Brown leaving the courthouse below:
Update #4: (10.28)
LA County Probation Dept. Launches Investigation On Chris Brown, Facing Up to 4 Years In Prison
And another update, there’s so many updates coming and going this one slid past me when it was reported a couple hours ago.
According to TMZ, the Los Angeles County Probation Department has launched an investigation into Chris Brown’s D.C. arrest for assaulting a man to determine if it constitutes a violation of his probation in his 2009 felony domestic violence conviction in the incident involving his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna.
Sources in the LA probation office say they have been in contact with D.C. authorities, and that LA probation investigators are conducting their own investigation to determine if there’s reason to believe the singer committed a crime when he allegedly punched a man in the face and fractured his nasal bone.
It has been noted that the L.A. Probation Dept. will submit their report to the judge in the Rihanna assault case, and he will determine if Brown’s probation should be in violation.
Although Brown’s charges have been downgraded to a misdemeanor, if his probation is revoked, he still faces up to 4 years in prison for a probation violation.