Chris Brown, the 'Don't Wake Me Up' hitmaker was released from police custody, Monday, after pleading not-guilty to the felony and assault charges. The charges were reduced to misdemeanour and he was released without bail, according to several news reports.
Brown and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy allegedly got into a fist-fight with 20-year-old Isaac Adam Parker near Hotel W in downtown Washington. Parker tried to jump into a photo that Brown was posing for with a female fan. This apparently infuriated Brown, reported Reuters.
According to the Washington Post, Brown said, "I'm not down with that gay s--t" when Parker tried to butt into the picture. Parker admitted to retorting back to the singer saying "Why you ho-ing?" to which Brown answered "I feel like boxing," and punched Parker in the face with a closed fist. Brown's bodyguard immediately stepped between the two and punched Parker in the face again. A woman witness apparently saw the bodyguard chase Parker and take a swing at him but wasn't sure if the blow connected.
Brown and his bodyguard were taken into custody by officers at 4.25 am and held captive in a central jail cell for 36 hours until Monday afternoon. Parker was taken to the hospital and released after treatment, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Brown denied punching Parker in the face. The court has ordered the singer to report to a California Probation Officer within 48 hours and asked him to stay at least 100 yards away from Parker. Both the men have been asked to return to court November 24, reported CNN.
"Christopher Brown committed no crime. We understand that his security acted to protect Mr. Brown and his property, as he is authorized to do under District of Columbia law. We are confident that Mr. Brown will be exonerated of any wrongdoing," Danny Onorato, Brown's attorney, told reporters after the hearing.
Brown's legal problems have been mounting. In 2009, he was charged with domestic violence for beating up his then-girlfriend Rihanna. He is currently on probation for the case and any arrest in the probation period could land him in jail.
Prosecutors filed probation violation twice against Brown. One was for failing to complete the prescribed 1400 hours of community service in Virginia and another for a hit-and-run crash, earlier in 2013. This resulted in an additional 1000 hours of community service for the singer.
People are regarding Brown as a major safety threat now. They took to twitter to vent their frustration. One even made a funny request to the U.S. President!
hi @BarackObama I know you're busy but can you put a bell on Chris Brown so we can at least get a head start
— Sarah Beattie (@nachosarah) October 29, 2013