On Wednesday, R&B singer Chris Brown rejected a plea deal on misdemeanor assault charges. The plea deal entailed no probation or jail time for Brown. With the rejection of the deal, however, Brown will go to trial where there is a possibility of him going back to jail.
According to sources, Brown initially agreed to the plea deal. However, two hours before the hearing, his lawyers told prosecutors that they were rejecting the plea deal.
Brown’s defense lawyer Mark Geragos talked to the media outside the courtroom and said “If they want a trial, that’s what they’re going to get.” He said that Brown rejected the plea deal, as he did not approve of the details of the assault that the prosecutors outlined. “They wanted him to read from a script that wasn’t true,” Geragos said. The defense also said that Brown acted in self-defense.
According to prosecutors, Brown and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy allegedly punched Parker Adams after he tried to take a photograph with Brown in front of a hotel in Washington D.C. Hollosy was convicted of misdemeanor assault, but has not yet been sentenced.
Geragos said that he wants Hollosy to testify as a witness. Reports said that Hollosy will state that he was the only one who attacked Adams and not Brown. When the incident happened, Brown was under probation in California for attacking his ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
After the incident, Brown spent one night in jail in Washington. He also spent time in jail in California after admitting that he violated his probation with his misconduct in Washington.
Fans of the singer crowded outside the courtroom. One of his fans Tiona Hordge said, “I just hope they give him a plea deal so he can move on with his life.”
The presiding judge scheduled Brown’s trial date for September 8.
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