October 28, 2013


Chris Brown Assault Charges Reduced to Misdemeanor

Jason Merritt
Jason Merritt

Update (10/28): Due to a police report typo claiming that Brown did not throw the first punch, the singer was freed today and the charges against him reduced to a misdemeanor. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Chris Brown and his bodyguard were arrested early this morning on felony assault charges, CNN is reporting.

The Washington Metropolitan Police Department said that Brown and bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, were taken into custody after an alleged altercation with a man outside the W Hotel in Washington DC. The incident occurred around 4:25 a.m.

According to a police report obtained by Associated Press, "a man attempted to get into a picture with Brown and two other people. Police say Brown told the man 'I feel like boxing.'" Brown allegedly punched the man, with another person in Brown's party punching him as well.

The singer announced via Twitter yesterday afternoon that he was "hosting the Biggest Homecoming Party in DC." The party took place at The Park at Fourteen nightclub last night—Brown was arrested just four blocks away.

This arrest could prove devastating for Brown who narrowly escaped hit-and-run charges in August, but was ordered to serve 1,000 hours of community service—and more importantly—had his probation reinstated.

The probation is for the felony domestic violence conviction he received after the 2009 physical assault on ex-girlfriend, Rihanna. After pleading guilty, Brown was sentenced to five years of probation. 

Brown is set for a probation status hearing on November 20. His reps did not respond to AP's request for comment.