Troubled singer Chris Brown appeared before a judge in a Washington, D.C. courtroom yesterday to face charges stemming from an assault outside the W Hotel in October.
Brown, 24, is accusing of punching a fan who asked for a photo. Brown and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, who was also involved in the fracas, both rejected plea deals that would charge them with simple assault.
Both sides agreed to meet again on Feb. 20 where they would review possible surveillance video evidence and try to negotiate another plea deal.
Brown's lawyers have requested a waiver of appearance for him for the February court date, citing the singer's current enrollment in rehab for anger management. To appear in court would cause Brown to miss up to three days of treatment, his lawyers argued, delaying his completion of the program.
Brown faces 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 if convicted in Washington, but the singer's real legal troubles are in California. Brown has been on probation for charges stemming from 2009, when he brutally attacked his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
A judge in California recently revoked Brown's probation, but since Brown was already in a treatment program for anger management and completing his community service requirements, it had limited immediate effect.
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