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Police: Chris Brown charged with assault in D.C.

By Brett Zongker

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:06 a.m. HST, Oct 27, 2013

WASHINGTON >> Chris Brown was arrested early today in Washington after a fight broke out near the W Hotel, police said, complicating an already snarled legal history for the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer.

Brown, 24, was charged with felony assault in an incident that started just before 4:30 a.m., D.C. police spokesman Paul Metcalf said Sunday morning. Chris Hollosy, 35, also was arrested on felony assault charges, Metcalf said. Police believe the two men were together during the incident but said they couldn't confirm any relationship between the suspects.

Brown and Hollosy were being held in police custody until Monday, Metcalf said.

A man was injured in the fight and reportedly taken to a hospital, police said, but they did not identify him or give details on his injuries. It was not clear whether the victim was taken by ambulance or another vehicle. He had been released from the hospital as of early Sunday afternoon, Metcalf said.

Brown's publicists and attorney, Mark Geragos, did not immediately respond to messages left early Sunday.

Brown remains on probation for the 2009 beating of his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna just before the Grammy Awards. The photos of Rihanna's bruised face caused outrage among many fans. Brown pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault as part of a plea deal.

His probation was revoked briefly earlier this year after a hit-and-run incident, and he was given 1,000 more hours of community service to perform. There were allegations that he may have skated on some or all of the 1,400 hours he was first assigned.

Brown, who lives in Los Angeles and is originally from Virginia, has been involved in a number of incidents since the 2009 arrest. He was initially sued for a nightclub brawl that allegedly erupted between his entourage and that of musician Drake, at the time believed to be a paramour of Rihanna.

Brown also tussled with singer Frank Ocean and others after Ocean parked in Brown's space at a recording studio in Los Angeles. Ocean said he suffered an injured finger, but no charges were filed. A second man, Sha'keir Duarte, sued Brown, claiming a concussion.

Brown's arrest could prompt Los Angeles prosecutors to seek a revocation of Brown's probation for the Rihanna beating and ask a judge to impose additional penalties on the singer, including time in jail or prison.

Brown is due back in court Nov. 20 in Los Angeles to update a judge on his probation.


Associated Press writers Chris Talbott in Nashville, Tenn., and Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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geralddeheer wrote:
Rihanna will bail him out. 24 years old, obvious talent, wealthy, famous, and can't seem to stay out of trouble. Who's advising this young man? To to grow up, get therapy, and take responsibility.
on October 27,2013 | 07:44AM
kolohepalu wrote:
Is he at least fighting other men now?
on October 27,2013 | 07:49AM
BigOpu wrote:
Ha! Good one.
on October 27,2013 | 08:49AM
tigerwarrior wrote:
He has been doing so for a while with physical altercations with entertainers Drake and Frank Ocean to name a few. He was also part of an alleged hit-and-run accident recently as well. It's difficult to fathom how all of these mishaps, including the latest assault, won't figure towards violation of his probation and just wondering how many get-out-of-jail-free passes he has left up his sleeve. The Average Joe would have been sentenced to 4 years for such a track record.
on October 27,2013 | 05:22PM
willman wrote:
If convicted, jail time is the only option for this guy. He participated in anger management classes and therapy. It is easy to con many of these counsellors and therapists. Brown obvious did that. Nothing new.
on October 27,2013 | 07:54AM
Grimbold wrote:
Our society is sick . Admiring such creeps and watching them perform. Decadence it is.
on October 27,2013 | 08:29AM
serious wrote:
Grimbold, I agree. I have long thought that at the Emmys or any of these made for TV award ceremonies they should drug test the nominees----then see how many show up.
on October 27,2013 | 10:43AM
Kiyoshi2011 wrote:
Chris Brown makes good music, but he is a POS human being. Send his a** to jail!
on October 27,2013 | 10:43AM
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