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Singer Chris Brown's DC trial delayed for months


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.


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niteone42 April 23 2014 at 6:31 PM

Unless he an his body guard can lie their way out of this, Brown will probably get two to three years with all his charges.

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frozenbull niteone42 April 23 2014 at 6:50 PM

Not likely . I'd be surprized if he does any time . Poor Chris poor poor poor Chris

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hokanut April 23 2014 at 7:23 PM

If this keeps the slug locked up longer then great.

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Charles April 23 2014 at 7:23 PM

Don't care about his past, don't care about his conditions, don't care about what he calls music. He is after all responsible for all of his actions, and will indeed answer for that.

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DOUG April 24 2014 at 12:02 AM

Exactly why is this goof so popular anyway. He's got a chronic case of little man syndrome. Cant see how he sold that many records since welfare wont pay for music....

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Guten Tag Irmy DOUG April 24 2014 at 4:01 AM

love it

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Michael April 23 2014 at 7:32 PM

Hey Judge Burgess.. When you put Brown's ugly a** in jail, why don't you put his media hungry attorney in there with him... When was the last time you saw Geragos help or represent somebody that really needed it without just being there for the press and the pics? And besides, he's no good as an attorney anyway.. Ask Scott Peterson how good he is. Geragos knew there was no hope at all for Peterson but did he show up with his God awful mug and want to represent him? Of course he did. With him it's simply all about the INK!! As far as Brown is concerned, they need to bring him out to Nevada and put him in with the boys at Ely and NOT let him PC up. Make him walk the yard and we'll see how well he fairs and how long he lasts.. They don't take to women beaters very well there and I'm sure he would become somebody's "wife". Brown, you're a punk and your attorney is a money hungry IDIOT..

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eztime2012 April 24 2014 at 9:17 AM

hope bubba smacks him around the whole dame cell hes in make him think about what he does, and see and feel how bad it feels

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Jennifer April 23 2014 at 11:38 PM

He is a scum bag with money. No class, no brains.

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liondog96 April 23 2014 at 8:11 PM

Oh yeah, Justin Bieber...? You don't have to worry about Justin smaking your girlfriend around.

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Brad Machado liondog96 April 23 2014 at 9:05 PM

Justin's a *****. He has his hoodlums to do his bidding, "know what I'm sayin'"

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BRUCE WELLEN April 23 2014 at 11:18 PM

he deserves to go to jail. he will come out smarter and a better person,even a dog can learn new tricks

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mark and sheri BRUCE WELLEN April 24 2014 at 12:59 AM

Dogs have a certain level of common sense.

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blogzillla BRUCE WELLEN April 24 2014 at 1:08 AM

That's an insult to dogs

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seattlewkr April 23 2014 at 5:43 PM

Geragos the carpetbagging leach.

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