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Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault in Washington

Chris Brown Pleads Guilty To Assault


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chris Brown pleaded guilty on Tuesday to punching a man in the face outside a Washington hotel, an assault that occurred while the singer was on probation for attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to time served. He spent two days in a District of Columbia jail in the case, one that further tarnished the image of the Grammy-winning singer.

Brown, 25, admitted that he hit a man who tried to get in a picture the singer was taking with two women outside the W hotel a few blocks from the White House last October. The victim, Parker Adams, suffered a broken nose.

At the time of the arrest, Brown was on probation in a felony assault case for attacking pop star Rihanna hours before the 2009 Grammy awards. The arrest led a judge in California to revoke his probation, and he was ordered in May to serve an additional 131 days in jail. He was released in June.

Brown's attorney, Danny Onorato, argued that Brown had already suffered extensive consequences from the Washington case, noting the additional jail time in California and the four months he spent receiving inpatient counseling. He said that Brown's career has been on hold for nearly a year and that he wanted to take responsibility for his actions so he could go back to work, including a tour in support of a new album.

"To say that he's been punished severely in this matter is an understatement," Onorato said.

Brown spoke only briefly, saying: "I would like to say to the court that I'm sorry." He did not comment as he left court, swarmed by photographers and a handful of fans.

Brown had previously pleaded not guilty in the case. A trial scheduled for April was delayed, and two previous attempts to reach a plea deal fell through. Oronato said there were "nuances" of difference in the potential deals.

"As Chris Brown himself has now finally acknowledged, he punched a man in the face without provocation," U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said in a statement. "No matter your status or celebrity, you will be held accountable for such conduct in our city."

Brown had a squeaky-clean image before his attack on Rihanna, but since then he has had several flare-ups that have been reported to authorities and noted by Los Angeles prosecutors. Brown broke a window after a 2011 "Good Morning America" interview in New York and was accused of snatching a woman's cellphone in Miami after she tried to snap pictures of the singer. He was also slightly injured in a New York nightclub brawl and, earlier this year, was accused of being involved in a fistfight with Frank Ocean's entourage over a parking spot at a West Hollywood recording studio.

He was not charged in any of the incidents, but they have hurt his public standing. Nonetheless, legions of fans, including many of his more than 13 million Twitter followers, continue to support him. Following the hearing, he tweeted "(hash)XTheAlbum," a reference to his new recording, due out Sept. 16.

Oronato said his client has learned to "be more judicious" in his dealings with the public.

"He's an incredibly talented and charismatic kid," Oronato said. "I think he's misperceived a lot. He's a wonderful person, and I'm glad this is behind him."

Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was convicted of misdemeanor assault in April for his role in the same scuffle. He has not yet been sentenced. The victim, Adams, has also filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against Brown and Hollosy.

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rb7583 September 02 2014 at 9:00 AM

This guy is a perfect example of what is wrong with this country. He is a vulgar wife beater, ghetto thumping rapper, drug infested thug and the media and courts coddle him as if he were the second coming. Enough already with this guy, quit covering his every bowel movement and put is butt in prison where he belongs.

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nrwlbt September 02 2014 at 7:30 AM

A thug with money,thats all.

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howdyfolks nrwlbt September 02 2014 at 2:52 PM

Eminem-wife beater, drug user; Scugg Knight-felon, etc etc. So what? They make music, we buy it, just like Britney the drug user. I guess you should stop buying :) (like you buy music legally); music, going to movies, or watching tv, because most stars have committed at least a few misdemeanors. So what? ROBERT DOWNEY JR.

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beverlyamy1 howdyfolks September 02 2014 at 6:27 PM

eminem=wife beater? you need the facts,therefore quit spewing nonsense idiot.

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mzladysmiling September 02 2014 at 8:00 AM

Another OJ in the making......
We wait long enough, he'll end up
in prison too....
Hopefully sooner than later.....

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Shu Shu September 02 2014 at 7:07 AM

throw him in jail and throw away the key

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unclesi412 September 02 2014 at 10:09 AM

A spoiled brat who thinks his relative fame and money entitle him to act out w/o being held responsible for his actions. Definately not a role model, but a cautionary tale highlighting the destruction of the family unit in America.

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tbmuch September 02 2014 at 8:13 AM

Who do Chris Brown think he is, Justin Bieber?

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shnboi tbmuch September 02 2014 at 5:05 PM


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JEFF September 02 2014 at 9:05 AM


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cop2122 JEFF September 02 2014 at 5:48 PM

And another bigoted comment!

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raptureus210 September 02 2014 at 8:06 AM

Chris.. the only way you will be able to fill that empty place in your heart is to allow Jesus to come in. Otherwise, you will continue to fill it will things that WILL distroy you!

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tbmuch raptureus210 September 02 2014 at 8:15 AM

Or maybe he should turn White, that should go a long way in getting the 'man' off his back.

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Dr. Lindsey raptureus210 September 02 2014 at 11:11 AM

How true! Ancient mythology rides to the rescue once again!

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bigdaddyles2 September 02 2014 at 9:37 AM

He is a DUMB ******.

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joe.bagofdonuts September 02 2014 at 11:00 AM

Another neck tattoo thug getting off easy.

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cop2122 joe.bagofdonuts September 02 2014 at 5:49 PM

Yeah, he should get the Chair Right?

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