Singer Chris Brown’s attorney Danny Onorato leaves the H. Carl Moultriel courthouse after speaking with the media on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in Washington. A charge against Brown, the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer, has been reduced to a misdemeanor and he was ordered released after his arrest Sunday following an altercation outside a Washington hotel. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Brown’s misdemeanor assault charge in Washington, D.C., could further complicate the R&B singer’s unsettled legal situation. Additional time behind bars remains a possibility for the singer — both in the District of Columbia and California — where Brown remains on probation for his 2009 beating of his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown emerged from a Washington court on Monday flashing a peace sign after spending more than a day in custody on a charge filed after a man accused the Grammy winner and his bodyguard of punching him and breaking his nose outside a local hotel.
Brown’s arrest early Sunday comes at a crucial time for the singer, who is releasing an album this winter and is under a deadline to complete hundreds of hours of community service to satisfy his sentence for the Rihanna attack.
His day and a half in custody are the longest time the scandal-plagued singer has spent behind bars and the case represents the most serious accusations he’s faced since his attack on Rihanna. Brown left the courthouse to cheers from supporters, some of whom clapped when a judge announced he would be Login to read more