Singer Chris Brown has rejected a plea deal in connection with an assault at a Washington, D.C., hotel near the White House.
Brown and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, are facing misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a fight at the W hotel last October. They each were offered deals to plead to a single count each of simple assault on Tuesday, but CNN reported that surveillance video from the incident has yet to be entered into evidence
, making it unclear how strong the case against the two is.
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Hollosy’s lawyer, Bernie Grim, told the judge the reason the deal was rejected was obvious.
“My client is charged with simple assault, and the plea deal is simple assault,” he said, the New York Daily News reported
Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, told the Daily News that his client rejected the deal because Brown is not guilty.
“I’ve seen everything I need to see in this case, so absent prosecutors turning over video footage of (Brown) doing it, there’s little or no chance of any plea deal,” Geragos told the Daily News.
Brown and Hollosy were initially charged with felony assault.
Both sides agreed to meet Feb. 20. Brown faces 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 in the case if convicted.
The Washington episode is the latest legal challenge facing the singer. Brown had been on probation in California for charges stemming from a 2009 attack on his then-girlfriend Rihanna. The judge in Los Angeles ordered the singer into anger management rehab and residential treatment. Brown could get more jail time if the judge finds the D.C. incident violated terms of his probation.
The latest charges stem from an incident in which a 20-year-old Maryland man tried to jump into a photo that Brown was posing for with a female fan. The man accused Brown, and then his bodyguard, of punching him in the face. The victim was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released, CNN said.
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