Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Chris Brown rejects plea deal in Washington DC assault case

Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Chris Brown rejected a plea deal Wednesday in his alleged sidewalk smackdown in Washington, D.C., last fall.

The singer appeared in court in the nation's capital and sat quietly as his lawyer said the most recent plea offer from prosecutors was unacceptable. An attorney for Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, who was also arrested in the incident, said the issue was that the offer still carried a simple assault charge.

Both sides agreed to return to court Feb. 20, and prosecutors said they would hand over surveillance footage related to the incident.

The 'Run It' crooner was accompanied by his girlfriend, Karreuche Tran, and his prominent California-based attorney Mark Geragos. Brown wore a dark three-piece suit and sported brown hair instead of his recent bleached-blond look.

Brown, 24, is undergoing court-ordered anger management rehab in California after the Los Angeles County judge overseeing the singer's Rihanna assault case reviewed his Washington, D.C., police report and revoked his probation last month.

The judge sent Brown back to rehab, not jail, and ordered him to stay put for 90 days of treatment and take all medications prescribed by his doctors.

The short-fused singer was arrested on suspicion of felony assault and tossed in jail Oct. 27 after a 20-year-old man claimed Brown went berserk and broke his nose outside the W Hotel just blocks from the White House.

A police narrative obtained by the Daily News states the alleged assault victim - identified in court as Parker Adams - told cops the melee erupted when he tried to crash a photo Brown was taking with his female friend and another person.

The Grammy winner pleaded not guilty to the reduced misdemeanor charge and voluntarily checked into rehab for anger management days later.

He was temporarily kicked out of treatment Nov. 10 for losing his cool and hurling a rock through a window of his mom's car during a family therapy session.
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