Marshals take custody of Brown for Washington case
FILE In this Monday, March 17, 2014 file photo, R&B singer Chris Brown, left, appears at a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court with his attorney Mark Geragos, for his probation violation after his arrest on March 14, in Los Angeles. The U.S. Marshals Service took Brown into custody from a Los Angeles jail on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, to transport him to Washington, D.C. for his upcoming trial on a misdemeanor assault charge. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson, Pool, file)
R&B singer Chris Brown appears in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, March 17, 2014. After a weekend in jail, Chris Brown has been ordered to remain in jail without bail for allegedly violating his probation stemming from his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna hours before the Grammy Awards. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson, Pool)
R&B singer Chris Brown appears in court during a probation-review hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. The judge rejected a prosecutor's request to have Brown sent to jail over the misdemeanor assault case filed last year in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool)
FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2014 file photo, R&B singer Chris Brown arrives at a Los Angeles Superior Court for a probation review hearing in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning R&B singer spent the weekend in a downtown Los Angeles lockup after a judge ordered him to be arrested for violating the rules and regulations of his treatment. Court records did not elaborate on the reason for Brown?s dismissal from the facility in Malibu that was treating him for anger management, substance abuse and issues related to bi-polar disorder. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
R&B singer Chris Brown appears in Los Angeles Superior Court with his attorney Mark Geragos, on Monday, March 17, 2014. Brown will spend another month in jail after a judge said Monday he was told the singer made troubling comments in rehab about being good at using guns and knives. The singer was arrested on Friday, March 14, 2014, after he was dismissed from a Malibu facility where he was receiving treatment for anger management, substance abuse and issues related to bipolar disorder. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson, Pool)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, singer Chris Brown, right, arrives at the District of Columbia Superior Court in Washington, for a status hearing in a case in which he's accused of hitting a man outside a Washington hotel. Lawyers for Brown are due back in a Washington court Thursday Feb. 20, 2014 to determine a date for his trial on a misdemeanor assault charge, but the singer won't be in town. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
Singer Chris Brown, leaves the District of Columbia Superior Court in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Lawyers for Brown say the singer has rejected a plea deal in a case in which he?s accused of hitting a man outside a Washington hotel. Brown appeared Wednesday afternoon in a D.C. court. He and his bodyguard face a misdemeanor assault charge after an incident in October outside the W Hotel. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, file photo, singer Chris Brown arrives at court for a probation review hearing , in Los Angeles. A judge on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, revoked Brown's probation after his recent arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor assault in Washington, D.C., but the ruling will not alter the singer's requirements to complete rehab and community labor for his 2009 attack on Rihanna. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut, File)
Singer Chris Brown arrives at the District of Columbia Superior Court in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, for a status hearing in a case in which he's accused of hitting a man outside a Washington hotel. The R&B singer was arrested in October after a man said the singer hit him outside the W Hotel. Brown and his bodyguard each face a misdemeanor assault charge. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Chris Brown has been taken into custody by U.S. marshals and will be transported to Washington, D.C., for an upcoming misdemeanor assault trial, an official said Thursday.
Brown, 24, was turned over to marshals Wednesday at a Los Angeles jail, marshals' spokeswoman Laura Vega said. She declined to say when the Grammy winner would be sent to Washington.
The singer and his bodyguard are accused of hitting a man outside a Washington hotel in October.
Brown remains under court supervision in Los Angeles for a felony assault case filed after his 2009 attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna.
He has been held without bail in the city since mid-March, when he was discharged from court-ordered rehab for violating the rules of the facility.
He could not be moved to Washington until federal prosecutors - who handle all serious criminal cases in the nation's capital - obtained a court order there.
The order authorized the transfer of Brown by federal marshals for the trial set to begin later this month.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin ruled Thursday that having Brown go on trial in Washington was the most efficient way to handle his legal troubles,
"It is the most expeditious and convenient method for all parties," Brandlin wrote in his ruling.
Defense attorney Mark Geragos had been trying to block Brown's transfer in the custody of marshals, arguing it would deprive him of a chance to properly prepare for the trial.
Brandlin rejected that argument and canceled a hearing scheduled for Thursday on the motion by Geragos, who wrote in an email that the Marshals Service took Brown into custody just hours after the lawyer filed the motion.
Geragos has sought the dismissal of the misdemeanor assault case, and a hearing on that request is scheduled for Monday in Washington.
If convicted in the Washington case, Brown could face additional penalties, including time behind bars, under the terms of a court order in the Rihanna case.