Chris Brown released, assault charge reduced to misdemeanor
A felony assault charge filed against Chris Brown following a weekend arrest over a confrontation with a man in Washington, D.C. has been reduced to a misdemeanor, while the R&B singer still faces another threat of a possible probation violation.
The 24-year-old singer was arraigned in court on Monday, Oct. 28. Police say Brown and his bodyguard got into an "altercation" with another man outside the W Hotel, some 700 yards from the White House, around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday. Both Brown and his bodyguard were charged with felony assault and jailed.
On Monday, Brown pleaded not guilty. A judge reduced the charges to misdemeanors and released the men, ABC News reported.
Brown is currently on probation in Los Angeles stemming from his 2009 case of assault against then-girlfriend Rihanna. An assault charge could prompt prosecutors to seek to revoke it. On Monday, a judge ordered Brown to report to his probation officer in California within 48 hours of his release. He was also ordered to stay away from the alleged victim.
Brown had his parole revoked earlier this year after he was charged with hit-and-run in a car crash case in Los Angeles but reinstated in mid-August after a civil compromise was reached. The singer was then sentenced to 1,000 hours of community labor.
Brown is due back in court in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 25.