Chris Brown cleared to skip D.C. court date

February 17, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 08: Singer, Chris Brown, right center, leaves the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse after a court appearance on Wednesday January 08, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post) Chris Brown leaves a Washington courthouse last month. (Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post)

There’s little chance for another mob scene outside the Washington courthouse for R&B singer Chris Brown’s court date on Thursday — or at any rate, if his fans do show up, they’re likely to be disappointed, since a judge has given Brown permission to skip the session.

Brown was due in court for a status hearing on the misdemeanor charge against him and his bodyguard stemming from his arrest last year after a fight outside the W Hotel.

But a judge last week granted the troubled crooner’s request to waive his attendance; his legal team — which includes lawyer-to-the-stars Mark Geragos (who’s repped the likes of Winona Ryder and Michael Jackson) will handle things. The judge could set a trial date at the hearing.

Brown has other left-coast business to attend to. He’s still serving probation in Los Angeles for a 2009 conviction related to the assault case involving his ex, pop star Rihanna. And his legal woes keep mounting: He’s reportedly being sued by a man who claims that Brown and his entourage beat him up after a basketball game gone wrong last July.



Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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