Singer Chris Brown rejects plea deal in D.C. assault case

Chris Brown has rejected a plea deal on assault charges in which he was accused of getting into a fight outside the W Hotel in D.C.

Brown appeared Wednesday afternoon in a D.C. court for a status hearing. NBC4’s cameras caught video of the scene in which body guards whisked the pop star into the D.C. Superior Court, where U.S. Marshals had cleared the first floor for his arrival.

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Brown’s lawyer Danny Onorato said his client would not to accept the plea because “Chris Brown’s not guilty.”

His lawyers say they expect a trial date to be set at another hearing, scheduled for Feb. 20.

D.C. police said Brown, a native of Tappahannock, Va., got into an altercation with an adult male near the W Hotel at 15th Street around 4:25 a.m.

Police said the incident began when 20-year-old Parker Isaac Adams tried to jump into a picture with Brown and fans outside the W Hotel on 15th Street. Brown became angry and told the man, “I’m not into that gay ****” and “I feel like boxing.”

He then allegedly punched Adams in the face. Hollosy stepped in between the two men, and allegedly punched Parker in the face.

Police arrested Brown and his bodyguard, Chris Hollosy. Both men initially were charged with felony assault, but the charges were reduced to a misdemeanor by prosecutors.

According to charging documents, a uniformed Secret Service officer overheard Adams admit to a D.C. police officer that the singer never did punch him during a confrontation outside in front of the W Hotel early Sunday.

At the time of the incident in downtown Washington, the Grammy Winning performer  was still on probation for his 2009 attack of then-girlfriend pop star Rhianna.

A California judge revoked Brown’s probation but did not immediately send Brown to jail, instead allowed the Grammy-winner performer to continue his rehabilitation for anger management and substance abuse issues.

Brown has had other run-ins with the law, including a brawl in 2012 that erupted between his entourage and the rap artist Drake at a New York City nightclub and a dispute in February with the singer Frank Ocean over a parking space in Los Angeles.

Brown is best known for pop hits like, “Yeah 3X,” “Look at Me Now,” “Strip,” ”Run It!” and “Deuces.”



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