Singer Chris Brown rejects plea deal in assault case
By Tom Ramstack
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Grammy-winning R&B singer Chris Brown has rejected a plea deal in a misdemeanor assault case stemming from an altercation outside a Washington hotel, his lawyer said on Wednesday.
Brown is charged with breaking the nose of a 20-year-old Maryland man who tried to get a picture with him in October. His bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, faces the same charge.
A lawyer for Brown, Danny Onorato, told reporters the deal had been turned down because "Chris Brown's not guilty."
He said he expected a date for a trial at the District of Columbia Superior Court to be set at a February 20 hearing.
Prosecutors offered Brown, 24, a plea deal that required him to plead guilty to simple assault.
During the 10-minute hearing, Brown and Hollosy appeared relaxed and chatted with attorneys. Brown smiled several times.
Facts of the argument that led to the charges are disputed.
A police report said the man who was punched had sought a photograph with Brown. Other witnesses said the man tried to force his way onto Brown's tour bus. Continued...