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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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stinkyheadzzz April 23 2014 at 10:18 PM

that kid needs prison how is being rich so stressful and if so why not give it up?

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themastersacademy April 23 2014 at 7:20 PM

I hope he stays in jail.

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Reggie April 23 2014 at 7:01 PM

Why is this news.

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crazy ray April 24 2014 at 5:53 AM

Guess you can buy anything you want in Washington, DC.

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bentbouy1 April 23 2014 at 6:39 PM

A person charged with a crime in this country could pass away from old age before it ever gets to trial. Its ridiculous.

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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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Jorge April 23 2014 at 6:27 PM

Don't diss Chris. He gots some money and he'll have his bodyguard stomp your ass, unless you're a girl, then he might do it himself!

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John Jorge April 23 2014 at 6:59 PM

He only picks on girls weighing less than 80 pounds. 100 pounders would probably beat him up.

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Rrivkah18 April 23 2014 at 11:15 PM

no comment

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DOCTORRUTHUSA April 24 2014 at 7:36 AM

DELAYED ?????? GREAT !!!!!!!!!!! MAY CHRIS BROWN ROT IN JAIL ! INSTEAD OF BEING A MENTOR, WORK WITH AND HELP TALENTED YOUNGSTERS, HE CHOSE TO BE A 'RICH' ABUSIVE, LOW LIFE BUM ............ AND THE STUPID MUSIC INDUSTRY PROMOTES HIM AND HIS MUSIC = HOW SICK IS THIS ???? !!!!!!!!!!!

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John April 24 2014 at 7:58 AM

he's a spoiled little thug should rot in jail.

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