Bodyguard of singer Chris Brown found guilty of assault

Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:59am EDT
 
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By Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A judge on Monday found the bodyguard of singer Chris Brown guilty of assaulting a man outside a Washington hotel last October in a judgment likely to influence the trial of the R&B artist on the same charge.

Brown and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, were arrested after both men allegedly punched the man, who was taking a photo without their permission.

Brown's trial for misdemeanor assault started on Monday minutes after District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Patricia Wynn announced the guilty verdict for Hollosy. Both trials were held before a judge without a jury.

During Hollosy's trial, prosecution witnesses testified that on October 27, 2013 Brown punched 20-year-old Parker Adams, who then raised his hands, they said, in a defensive posture.

Holossy then punched Adams in the face, breaking his nose, they said.

"His stepping in was not justified," the judge said.

There was no evidence Adams was attacking either of the men, Wynn said.

"Mr. Brown did not have a right of self-defense," she said.   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