Singer Chris Brown arrested in D.C. on felony assault charge

Rapper Chris Brown is charged with assault after getting into a fight with a man outside the W hotel near the White House. The victim was taken to the hospital. (REUTERS)
October 27, 2013

R&B singer Chris Brown was arrested early Sunday outside a Washington hotel and charged with felony assault, a D.C. police spokesman said.

Brown and another man, Christopher Hollosy, were allegedly involved in a “physical altercation” with an unidentified man just before 4:30 a.m. in front of the W Hotel in the 500 block of 15th Street NW, according to a police department spokesman, Officer Anthony Clay.

The singer, 24, and Hollosy, 35, were taken into custody, Clay said. The alleged victim in the altercation was taken to a nearby hospital and released.

Police said there were no weapons involved but could not immediately provide information about the circumstances of the altercation, which was first reported by the Web site TMZ.

Brown and Hollosy are expected to remain in custody pending a court appearance Monday, according to D.C. Police spokesman Paul Metcalf.


Singer Chris Brown was scheduled to perform Saturday night at a Howard University homecoming-related party at The Park on Fourteenth. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Brown was scheduled to host a party at the Park on 14th, one of several nightclub events in town this weekend capitalizing on the crowds drawn to Howard University’s homecoming, though officially unaffiliated with the school. Marc Barnes, owner of the establishment in Northwest Washington, said Brown hosted a party at the club and left around 2:30 a.m. “Everything was fine when he was here,” Barnes said.

Brown is on probation after pleading guilty in 2009 to attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna on the night before the Grammy Awards. He was sentenced to community service and five years of probation. Since then he has had several run-ins with law enforcement officials.

In June 2012, New York City police investigated a bottle-throwing bar brawl involving the entourages of Brown and hip-hop star Drake.

In February, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department closed its investigation of an alleged parking space dispute between Brown and R&B star Frank Ocean.

There is also ongoing controversy over Brown’s court-ordered community service in the 2009 conviction involving Rihanna. Los Angeles prosecutors have said in court filings reported by the Associated Press that they could find no evidence that Brown ever completed his hours.

Luz Lazo and Amy Argetsinger contributed to this report.

Ann covers legal affairs in the District and Maryland for the Washington Post. Ann previously covered state government and politics in California, New Hampshire and Maryland. She joined the Post in 2005.
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