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Singer Chris Brown's DC trial delayed for months



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.

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I LOVE YOU JENNY April 23 2014 at 4:57 PM

Chrissy, you've got some roommates looking forward to your arrival!!!!!!!!

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joeknowswoodies April 23 2014 at 5:31 PM

Ima Ima gonnna send him sum soap on a Rope I wuz savin fo Kanye......

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seattlewkr April 23 2014 at 5:43 PM

Geragos the carpetbagging leach.

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hislonv April 23 2014 at 5:09 PM

Let him rot in jail. He is a worthless piece of crap that needs to have his rights totally eliminated from his pathetic excuse for a human being. He is too stupid to stay out of trouble while on probation for beating a woman, one of the lowest crimes a male can commit. I hope the courts take their time with finding his next trial date and that his bodyguard is prosecuted as well.

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Gordon Goede April 23 2014 at 5:24 PM

Anyone who hits a woman isn't worth much!

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anubis7336 Gordon Goede April 23 2014 at 5:28 PM

Neither is the women who deserves to be hit!

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gdavis5000 anubis7336 April 23 2014 at 5:38 PM

"Deserves to be hit"? Who decides that? White, black or polka-dot, -how about common decency?

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whipzrus anubis7336 April 23 2014 at 5:46 PM

I'm saying depends on the female & situation. Life threatening situations (KICK her bleep).

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whipzrus Gordon Goede April 23 2014 at 5:43 PM

That over all may be true. I can beat the living crap out of a man & I'm a female with MMA background-might mean a gurly girl. As for what happen with CB & RIRI she attacked him while doing 190 so REALLY IDK she is lucky, if you ask me. Really she could of killed them both. OVER jealous rage of a text. And you know they were lit (drinking). The problem is he listened to the bleep kissers to so called save his career. I also KNOW how Faggies in D.C. (that's the term for the guy (urban gay young guy) that touched CB & tried to jump in the photo)are they can be RUDE as bleep.

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cleanmeplease April 23 2014 at 5:35 PM

Goodbye and good riddens...

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ngbiker1 April 23 2014 at 6:27 PM

if there were other witnesses to this assault. why not supeona them and forget about the bodyguard.

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tejanosoundfm April 23 2014 at 5:34 PM

oh well let's just drag it out as long as possible so the system can suck as much money out of everyone as they possibly can, godless bastards from hell!!

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d.bond4 April 23 2014 at 4:59 PM

Leave the scumbag in jail forever, he's nothing but a punk thug, period......

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Gordon Goede April 23 2014 at 5:23 PM

Any man that hits a woman isn't much of a man .

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