Chris Brown and bodyguard arrested for assault in D.C.
By BRETT ZONGKER Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Chris Brown was arrested early
Sunday in Washington after a fight broke out near the W Hotel, police
said, complicating an already snarled legal history for the Grammy
Award-winning R&B singer.
Brown, 24, was charged with felony assault in an
incident that started just before 4:30 a.m., D.C. police spokesman Paul
Metcalf said Sunday morning. Chris Hollosy, 35, also was arrested on
felony assault charges, Metcalf said. Police believe the two men were
together during the incident but said they couldn't confirm any
relationship between the suspects.
"There was a physical altercation, which resulted in the victim sustaining injuries," Metcalf said.
Brown and Hollosy were being held in police custody until Monday, Metcalf said.
A man was injured in the fight and reportedly taken
to a hospital, police said, but they did not identify him or give
details on his injuries. It was not clear whether the victim was taken
by ambulance or another vehicle. He had been released from the hospital
as of early Sunday afternoon, Metcalf said.
The felony charges in the case were based, in part, on the extent of the victim's injuries, police said.
Brown's publicists and attorney, Mark Geragos, did not immediately respond to messages left early Sunday.
Brown was in Washington to perform Saturday night
at an event billed as a "Homecoming Weekend" party at a downtown club.
He tweeted about the party Saturday. Howard University spokeswoman
Kerry-Ann Hamilton said Sunday that the party was not sponsored or
affiliated with the school, which is celebrating its homecoming.
Brown remains on probation for the 2009 beating of
his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna just before the Grammy
Awards. The photos of Rihanna's bruised face caused outrage among many
fans. Brown pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault as part of a
His probation was revoked briefly earlier this year
after a hit-and-run incident, and he was given 1,000 more hours of
community service to perform. There were allegations that he may have
skated on some or all of the 1,400 hours he was first assigned.
Brown, who lives in Los Angeles and is originally
from Virginia, has been involved in a number of incidents since the 2009
arrest. He was initially sued for a nightclub brawl that allegedly
erupted between his entourage and that of musician Drake, at the time
believed to be a paramour of Rihanna.
Brown also tussled with singer Frank Ocean and
others after Ocean parked in Brown's space at a recording studio in Los
Angeles. Ocean said he suffered an injured finger, but no charges were
filed. A second man, Sha'keir Duarte, sued Brown, claiming a concussion.
Brown's arrest could prompt Los Angeles prosecutors
to seek a revocation of Brown's probation for the Rihanna beating and
ask a judge to impose additional penalties on the singer, including time
in jail or prison.
Brown is due back in court Nov. 20 in Los Angeles to update a judge on his probation.
Associated Press writers Chris Talbott in
Nashville, Tenn.; Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles; and Oscar Gabriel in
Washington contributed to this report.
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