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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By JESSICA GRESKO
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge was put on hold for months Wednesday after prosecutors declined to grant immunity to his bodyguard, who would be a key witness in the case.
Brown's trial had been set to start Wednesday, and Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, had been expected testify and say that he, not Brown, hit a man outside a Washington hotel in October. Hollosy was tried separately and convicted Monday of assault, but he plans to appeal.
Hollosy's lawyer has said that unless Hollosy is granted immunity, he will not testify until he is finished with the appeal.
A lawyer for Brown said in court Wednesday that could take at least six months. Prosecutors have said it could take a year. No new trial date for Brown was set.
Prosecutors told a judge they decided not to grant Hollosy immunity because he refused to meet with them to discuss his testimony following his conviction. They also believe his likely testimony, that he alone threw a punch, would be a lie.
Prosecutors say Brown and Hollosy hit 20-year-old Parker Adams after Adams tried to get into a photo Brown was taking with two women outside his tour bus. Witnesses testified at Hollosy's trial that Adams and Brown exchanged words over the picture and Brown, then Hollosy, hit Adams.
Hollosy told police a different story. He said he hit Adams after Adams tried to get on Brown's tour bus. Brown denied hitting Adams and made a similar statement to police.
On Wednesday, D.C. Superior Court Judge A. Franklin Burgess Jr. set a status hearing in Brown's case for June 25, the same day Hollosy is scheduled to be sentenced. Both men are expected to attend that day.
"I think all of this is much ado about nothing and frankly I look forward to being able to try this at some point," Brown's lawyer Mark Geragos said outside of court Wednesday.
Brown's case in Washington is significant for the Grammy winner because if he is convicted he could face additional penalties, including jail time, as a result of an earlier case from California. At the time he was arrested in Washington, Brown was on probation in Los Angeles for beating the singer Rihanna in 2009 when she was his girlfriend.
Brown entered anger management rehab at a facility in California shortly after his Washington arrest, but he was dismissed from the Malibu facility in mid-March for violating its rules. He was then jailed and has been in custody since.
He was transported to the Washington area by the U.S. Marshals Service and will now be transported back to California.
Brown also has a court date in the California case Wednesday, though he will not be present.