Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard on trial for assault

Thu Apr 17, 2014 4:55pm EDT
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By Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man who accused singer Chris Brown and his bodyguard of breaking his nose testified on Thursday that the R&B artist punched him because he did not want to pose for a photo.

The testimony came on the first day of the misdemeanor assault trial of Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy.

Parker Adams, 20, says he suffered a broken nose and other injuries to his face after he was struck with back-to-back punches by Brown and Hollosy outside the W Hotel in Washington, D.C., in October.

Adams told a District of Columbia Superior Court on Thursday that he and two female friends had approached Brown, who agreed to have his photo taken with the two young women.

When Adams tried to get in the photo, he testified that Brown made a homophobic remark, allegedly telling him "I'm not into that gay shit."

The verbal confrontation escalated and Adams testified he was punched below the nose by Brown.

"As I put my dukes up, that's when the bodyguard stepped in between us and he slugged me in the face," Adams said.

Both Brown and Hollosy have pleaded not guilty.   Continued...

R&B singer Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend Rihanna, appears in court for allegedly violating his probation, in Los Angeles, California, March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson