Beltsville man files $1.5 million suit against Chris Brown


Singer Chris Brown, right center, leaves the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse after a court appearance on Jan. 8 in Washington. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

A Beltsville man who says he was punched by R&B singer Chris Brown has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against the entertainer in D.C. Superior Court.

Parker Isaac Adams, 20, said in the lawsuit that he approached Brown outside a Washington hotel in October and tried to take a photo with the singer. Adams said Brown objected, said “I feel like boxing” and punched him in the face. He said he also was struck by Brown’s security guard, Christopher Hollosy, 35.

Adams’s attorney, John C. Hayes Jr., says his client suffered a broken nose and other injuries to his face. Adams is suing Brown and Hollosy for $1.5 million each. The suit was filed Tuesday.

Brown, 24, and Hollosy are each facing a misdemeanor simple assault charge in connection with the incident, which occurred outside the W Hotel in downtown Washington. On Thursday, a Superior Court judge set an April 17 trial date.

Brown’s attorney, Danny Onorato, has said that his client is innocent and that Brown’s security was protecting him and his property.

According to the lawsuit, Adams and a female friend of his went to pick up another female friend at the W on the evening of Oct. 27. Standing outside, Adams and his two friends saw Brown leave the hotel and walk to his tour bus. One of the female friends asked if she and the other woman could take a picture with Brown, and he agreed.

As Hollosy was taking the picture, Adams, according to the complaint, leaned in to snap a photo with his own cellphone camera. Adams said in the lawsuit that Brown objected, said he was not down with that “gay (expletive)” and punched Adams in the face.

Then Hollosy punched Adams, Adams said in the lawsuit. As Adams left the scene, Brown allegedly yelled, “Yeah, walk away” and then boarded his bus.

At an earlier hearing in the assault case, evidence was presented that Adams tried to board Brown’s bus and Hollosy tried to stop him. But in an interview, Hayes said his client never tried to board the bus. Hayes also said he and Brown’s attorneys have had conversations about the case, but he declined to comment on the specifics of the talks.

Adams incurred “significant medical expenses” as a result of the alleged attack. A hearing in the civil case is scheduled for May. Adams has requested a jury trial.

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Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.
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