Has Chris Brown Taken A Gamble By Rejecting Plea Deal On Assault Allegations?
The singer was offered a plea deal to reduce misdemeanour charges but rejected it.
Chris Brown told a judge on Wednesday that he rejects a plea deal on a charge involving the allegation that the singer hit a man outside a hotel in Washington D.C. His bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, also faces the same charge.
Chris Brown Has Rejected A Plea Deal In A Case That Involves Alleged Assault.
Prosecutors reportedly offered a deal in which Brown would receive a reduced sentence if he pleaded guilty to the misdemeanour assault charge he faces. Brown maintains that he is not guilty and therefore rejected the deal, according to one of his lawyers, Danny Onorato, via Billboard.
The R&B star, who famously dated singer Rihanna, was arrested early on Sunday (27th Oct.) morning after a man, named as Parker Adams, accused him and his bodyguard of breaking his nose outside the W Hotel. Adams told police he'd tried to push his way into a photograph Brown was taking with a woman and her friend, according to court documents obtained by the BBC.
The Prosecution Claim That Brown & His Bodyguard Beat Up A Guy In Washington.
At the time, Onorato said "Christopher Brown committed no crime. We understand that his security staff acted to protect Mr Brown and Mr Brown's property as he was authorised to do under District of Columbia law. We are confident that Mr Brown will be exonerated of any wrongdoing."
Prosecutors have now said that they will be turning over substantial video surveillance shortly but what the footage shows is undisclosed at this time.
At the time of the incident, Brown was on five year probation in California after he attacked his ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 but spent a night in police custody as a result of his alleged latest violent outburst. Since the latest alleged incident, Brown's Californian probation has been overturned and the rapper has entered rehab to work through his anger issues.
Brown Has Undergone Treatment In Rehab To Combat Anger Issues.
His rep said that rehab would help the singer "continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point" and would help him to "gain focus and insight into his past and recent behaviour" though denied that it represented an admission of guilt.
A trial date is expected to be set at another hearing, scheduled for the 20th February. However, Mark Geragos, the lawyer who is representing Brown in the California case and who also took part in the hearing in Washington, said that Brown's lawyers plan to ask that he not have to attend the 20th Feb. Washington hearing on the grounds that he'll lose three days of treatment by making the trip.
Brown must return to court in California on the 10th February to update his rehab progress.