R&B singer Chris Brown's assault trial delayed by bodyguard case

Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:12pm EDT
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By Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - R&B singer Chris Brown's trial for allegedly assaulting a fan outside a hotel in Washington, D.C., was delayed again on Wednesday after his defense said more time was needed to arrange for the testimony of his bodyguard.

Brown, 24, is accused of punching a man who was trying to take his photo near the White House in October. Christopher Hollosy, the singer's 35-year-old bodyguard, was convicted on Monday of misdemeanor assault for hitting the man during the altercation.

Brown's attorneys say Hollosy is a key witness who should appear at the trial in the District of Columbia Superior Court, but the bodyguard has refused to speak under oath until his appeal is completed.

Prosecutors said Brown punched Parker Adams, 20, in the face after he first tried to crowd into a photo the singer was taking with two women, then tried to take a picture on his cell phone without Brown's permission.

Hollosy faces up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines, as does Brown if convicted of the misdemeanor charge.

Hollosy had planned to testify for Brown but decided after his conviction that he only would do so if granted immunity from prosecution. Prosecutors said on Wednesday they would not grant him immunity.

Hollosy's attorneys say he risks jeopardizing his appeal if he makes potentially incriminating statements during testimony.

Hollosy has admitted he struck Adams, who suffered a broken nose, but said he was trying to protect Brown.   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