Chris Brown Not Required To Appear In Court On Assault Charge
A judge has ruled that Chris Brown does not need to travel to Washington, D.C. to appear in court regarding the misdemeanor assault charge he is facing there.
Washington D.C. Superior Judge Robert Tignor said yesterday (November 22) that Chris Brown does not need to travel to Washington from Los Angeles in order to appear in court Monday (November 25), as per billboard.com.
Thus, Brown is allowed to waive his scheduled court appearance Monday, according to billboard.com.
The singer’s lawyers told Tignor that they thought Brown did not need to check out of rehab in Los Angeles and fly to Washington given that they would be requesting a new court date Monday, billboard.com says.
The singer is facing a misdemeanor assault charge from an incident last month which began when Brown was reportedly approached at approximately 4:30 am by two women who wanted to take a picture with him in front of the W Hotel in Washington, D.C., according to law enforcement, as per TMZ. When two men attempted to get into the photo, Brown allegedly used a gay slur before allegedly throwing a punch at the alleged victim, as per TMZ.com.
Brown was initially facing a felony assault charge, but it was reduced to a misdemeanor from a felony, according to TMZ.com.
The singer pled not guilty to the charge and is required to stay 100 yards away from the alleged victim in the case, as per TMZ.com.
In witness statements obtained by TMZ, Brown denies punching the alleged victim, the site says. Brown says he was on the tour bus when the alleged assault took place and that his bodyguard took care of the situation, as per TMZ.
Last month, TMZ.com reported that Brown did not throw the first punch during the altercation, according to an initial draft of the police report regarding the incident, as per TMZ.com. The first version of the police report said that Brown’s bodyguard threw the first punch during the incident.
The assault charge against Brown’s bodyguard was also reduced to a misdemeanor, according to reports.