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Singer Chris Brown and his bodyguard rejected a plea deal in D.C. court today that would have found each of them guilty of one count of simple assault for allegedly punching someone outside the District’s W Hotel in October.
The hearing started around 2:15 p.m. and lasted ten minutes, according to the Washington Post. Armed U.S. Marshals stood outside the hearing room, which was closed to the public.
The altercation transpired after Brown hosted an unofficial Howard University homecoming event at The Park at Fourteenth. According to court documents, the alleged victim said Brown punched him after he tried to photobomb a picture the singer was posing in with two other people. According to documents, Brown told the alleged victim, “I ain’t down with that gay shit. I feel like boxing.” The alleged victim was taken to the hospital and treated for a broken nose.
Brown, who was already on probation for charges related to his assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, spent two nights in jail after the incident. Brown and his bodyguard were originally charged with a felony, but, upon further investigation, the charges were dropped to a misdemeanor. Another hearing is scheduled for Feb. 20, the Post reports.
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