R&B singer Chris Brown will not have to appear at Monday court hearing


Rapper Chris Brown leaves the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 28, 2013. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

R&B singer Chris Brown, who is facing a misdemeanor assault charge in the District, will not have to appear at a hearing scheduled Monday in D.C. Superior Court.

Judge Robert S. Tignor on Friday granted a petition by Brown’s attorney, who had asked that the 24-year-old entertainer be excused from the routine proceeding.

Brown was charged with misdemeanor assault after an altercation last month outside the W Hotel in the 500 block of 15th Street NW.

In the filing earlier today, Brown’s attorneys, Danny C. Onorato and Stuart Sears, said their client was in a 90-day residential treatment center as a result of a California court order in relation to his 2009 conviction in the assault case involving his former girlfriend, singer Rihanna. Brown’s attorneys said he entered the facility Wednesday.

As a result of his admittance into the treatment center, Brown’s attorneys said, they were requesting that Brown be allowed to skip his appearance at the hearing. On Monday, they said, they plan to request another hearing date. “It would be counter-productive to have Mr. Brown check-out of an inpatient treatment program and travel across the country to attend a status hearing that will likely result in a continuance,” the attorneys wrote in their filing.

According to the filing, D.C. prosecutor Nick Cannon opposed the request for Brown’s appearance waiver.

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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