Brown and Hollosy were charged by D.C. police with hitting a man at about 4:30 a.m. under disputed circumstances following a party at the Park at 14th, one of several nightclub events drawing crowds during Howard University’s homecoming weekend. The parties were not affiliated with the school.
Danny Onorato, a former federal prosecutor and Brown’s attorney said after the court hearing that he is “confident Mr. Brown will be exonerated.”
“Chris Brown committed no crime,” Onorato said. “We understand his security acted to protect Mr. Brown and his property, which he was authorized to do.”
Both Brown and Hollosy were released from custody on Monday evening. The maximum penalty on the reduced charge is 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Brown is set to return to court Nov. 25.
Accounts of how the altercation started have varied. A D.C. police report says it involved dispute over photographs being taken outside the club. Others have stated the victim tried to board Brown’s tour bus. Court documents filed Monday evening suggest it was a little of both.
According to those documents, Brown had agreed to pose for pictures with two women outside the W Hotel. They stood on either side of Brown so his bodyguard could snap pictures with the womens’ cell phones. The documents say that one of the women told police that the alleged victim then “moved in and attempted to take a picture of himself” with Brown. The woman said Brown replied, “I’m not with that gay s---.”
Court papers say the man, who admitted to police he tried to get into the picture and take his own, later told authorities that he responded to Brown, “Then why you ho-ing?” and “What you say,?” Brown replied, according to the papers. The victim then repeated, “Why you ho-ing?”
The man and one of the women who was posing for the picture told police that Brown said, “I feel like boxing” before unloading a punch, according to court papers. The document says the woman then told police she saw Brown’s bodyguard also hit the man, and that Brown then boarded the bus.
Brown denied to police that he confronted or hit the man, saying, “I was on the bus when I guess someone tried to get on and my bodyguard handled it,” court papers say.
Another witness told police that she saw Brown chase the man — who police said suffered a broken nose — and take a swing at him, but couldn’t see if he connected, according to court papers. An acquaintance of Brown told police that a D.C. police officer told him that the man had said Brown never hit him, the court documents say. But that officer denied being told that.