Rapper Chris Brown, center, leaves U.S. District Court in Washington in this Oct. 28 photo. (YURI GRIPAS/Reuters)

A D.C. Superior Court judge on Monday set a Jan. 8 hearing for Grammy-award winning R&B singer Chris Brown, who is charged with misdemeanor assault after an October altercation outside a District hotel.

Brown, 24, is accused of striking a man during a fight outside the W Hotel in the 500 block of 15th Street NW, although accounts of what actually happen differ. Brown’s friend and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy, 35, also was charged with misdemeanor assault.

The incident occurred after a party at the Park at 14th, one of several nightclub events drawing crowds during the Howard University’s homecoming weekend. The parties were not connected with the school.

Brown has been in a residential treatment center since Wednesday after a California court order from his 2009 conviction in an assault case involving his former girlfriend, singer Rihanna. Brown’s lawyers asked that he be allowed to skip Monday’s D.C. court hearing so he could remain in the 90-day treatment program.

“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.

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.
Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.