Chris Brown trial slated for Monday
R&B sensation Chris Brown is set to appear in court Monday on charges of an alleged assault outside a hotel in Washington.
If convicted, Brown could face up to six months in jail and a fine of $1,000.
Brown, 24, appeared in court Friday in the US capital in a crisp suit that made him look more like a genteel Wall Street banker than an actor, dancer and rap artist.
He stood with his hands by his side as Judge Patricia Wynn instructed him to return next week for the start of his trial.
In court supporting him was his mother Joyce Hawkins, friend and model Karrueche Tran and rapper Bow Wow, who the day before moderated a discussion with First Lady Michelle Obama at Washington’s Howard University.
Wynn put back the trial date after deciding she needed the Easter weekend to reach a verdict in a related case involving Brown’s bodyguard Chris Hollosy, 35, outside the downtown W Hotel on October 27 last year.
“I have to be confident about my verdict. I need to take my time,” the District of Columbia Superior Court judge said.
According to prosecutors, Parker Adams, 20, was punched in the nose by Brown and Hollosy when he tried to get a picture of the star alongside two women. Lawyers representing Brown’s bodyguard questioned Adam’s side of the story, citing a pending $3 million civil suits filed on his behalf against the defendants.
Brown was sentenced to five years’ probation and community service after pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna in February 2009. He was brought to Washington from Los Angeles by federal marshalls after a judge ruled he remain in custody for allegedly breaching the terms of his probation.
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