WASHINGTON — Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Chris Brown was freed from custody Monday after facing a judge on a charge that he punched a man who tried to pose in a photograph with him.
Prosecutors reduced a felony assault charge to a misdemeanor as a District of Columbia judge released Brown, who exited the courthouse to cheers and flashed a peace sign to supporters after more than a day and a half in custody.
Even with the reduced charge, the assault case represents the latest legal trouble for the singer, who remains on probation for assaulting his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna just before the 2009 Grammy Awards.
Brown and his bodyguard, Chris Hollosy, were arrested early Sunday outside the W Hotel in Washington after police responded to reports of a fight.
A 20-year-old man told police that he had tried to take a picture with Brown and two women when Brown told him, “I ain’t down with that gay s—t” and “I feel like boxing,” according to charging documents in the case. The man, identified by police as Parker Isaac Adams, of Beltsville, Md., said he was punched by both Brown and Hollosy. Brown’s lawyer, Danny Onorato, said outside court Monday that his client committed no crime.
“We understand that his security acted to protect Mr. Brown and Mr. Brown’s property as he was authorized to do under District of Columbia law.
“We are confident that Mr. Brown will be exonerated of any wrongdoing,” he said.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Garth Brooks is taking his intimate one-man Las Vegas show to live television.
A news release issued Monday indicated CBS will broadcast Brooks’ performance at the Wynn Las Vegas live on Nov. 29.
Brooks came out of retirement in 2009 for a series of occasional gigs at Steve Wynn’s invitation. Brooks formally ended that run after three years, but has played occasionally since then.
The broadcast will be his final performance of the show, which has mostly been Brooks with just his guitar exploring his musical influences with fans.
Brooks has mostly been out of music since 2001, when he became a stay-at-home dad. But fans remain fervent, helping to set a record viewership for the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this year when Brooks performed with George Strait.