Brown and the bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, are both facing
misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly punching a man who was
trying to board Brown's tour bus outside Washington's W Hotel in
Police Detective Kimberly Metivier testified in Washington
Superior Court that Hollosy yelled for officers to arrest him,
not Brown, for hitting the man after he tried to board the
singer's tour bus.
"He was yelling on his own accord that he was the one who did it
... and not to arrest Mr. Brown," said Metivier, adding that
Hollosy said, "I punched him — not Chris."
Hollosy's attorney, Bernard Grimm, requested that the confession
be suppressed as evidence at trial because his client had not
been read his Miranda rights. The judge presiding over Monday's
evidentiary hearing, Patricia Wynn, denied the motion. Wynn also
ruled to have Brown and Hollosy's cases tried separately,
against protests from prosecutors.
Brown, who did not appear at the hearing on Monday, has rejected
a deal from prosecutors to plead guilty to simple assault. A
lawyer for Brown, Danny Onorato, told reporters the deal had
been turned down because "Chris Brown's not guilty."
The 24-year-old singer was jailed last month after violating his
probation when he was dismissed from a facility where he was
receiving court-ordered treatment related to his 2009 assault of
his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna.
In the 2009 case, Brown was sentenced to five years' probation,
community labor and domestic violence counseling.
Brown's probation was revoked by a Los Angeles judge last month
following the Washington fracas. He was not taken into custody
because of good reports on his progress in a court-ordered
Brown's probation was also revoked in July after he was charged
in a May hit-and-run traffic accident. A Los Angeles judge
reinstated probation in August after Brown agreed to complete an
additional 1,000 hours of community service.
Since the 2009 sentence, Brown has been involved in altercations
with rapper Drake and his entourage in a New York nightclub and
R&B singer Frank Ocean in a Los Angeles parking lot.
(Editing by Scott Malone and Leslie Adler)
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