Singer Chris Brown pleads not guilty to assault

Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:57pm EDT
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(Warning: Language in seventh paragraph may be offensive to some readers)

By Ian Simpson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - R&B singer Chris Brown pleaded not guilty on Monday to a charge of misdemeanor assault as a result of a fight on Sunday outside a Washington hotel, the latest legal run-in for the Grammy-winner.

Brown, 24, was arrested early on Sunday outside the upscale W Hotel, a few hundred yards from the White House. Another man involved in the fight, Christopher Hollosy, 35, described in court documents as Brown's bodyguard, was also arrested and charged with assault.

Brown faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

Brown, known for hits including "Deuces" and "Look at Me Now," appeared handcuffed in District of Columbia Superior Court, where a defense lawyer entered the not guilty plea on his behalf.

The judge set a preliminary hearing for November 25.

A Metropolitan Police Department incident report said two women asked Brown to be in a photo with them outside the hotel. He objected when Parker Adams, 20, of Beltsville, Maryland, tried to get in the picture.

"I'm not down with that gay shit," Brown said, according to the report. "I feel like boxing."   Continued...

Rapper Chris Brown (C) leaves the U.S. District Court in Washington October 28, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas