It all started with a rejected request for a photo with R&B singer Chris Brown. Then a question.
“Why you hoin?”
Seconds later, Parker Adams, a 20-year-old Beltsville man said he was holding his nose as blood squirted down his face onto his clothes and the clothes of his friends nearby. His attacker, he testified in D.C. Superior Court on Thursday, was Chris Brown.
Adams took the stand in D.C. Superior Court on Thursday to tell Judge Patricia A. Wynn his account of the now infamous altercation with the Grammy-winning singer on Oct. 27 outside the W Hotel downtown. Adams testified in the trial of Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy. Hollosy, 35, and Brown were charged with misdemeanor assault.
Brown, who is being tried separately, is expected to go on trial as early as Friday.
Adams’s girlfriend, Jaylan Garrison, an 18-year-old Howard University freshman, testified how she, another girlfriend and Adams drove in Adams’s gold Lexus to the hotel after partying during Howard’s homecoming weekend. Brown was in town that weekend hosting a party.
Adams and Garrison testified that the altercation erupted after Brown agreed to take a picture with Garrison and her female friend outside the hotel near Brown’s tourbus.
Adams said he went up to Brown, extended his hand and said “What’s up, bro. My name is Parker.” Brown, he said, ignored him and instead told Hollosy to take the picture.
As Brown and the two young ladies posed, Adams jumped in the picture. Brown objected.
“I’m not with that gay (expletive),” Adams testified Brown said, telling Adams to back out of the picture.
“Man, why you hoin’,” Adams responded, using street slang meaning to ignore or disrespect.
Brown, Adams said, squared up and asked “What did you say?” Adams repeated himself. Then Brown, he said, punched him in the face.
Adams said he was “shocked” and then saw that Brown was then “bouncing around like he was Floyd Mayweather”, the world champion boxer. It was then when Hollosy, Adams testified, got between him and Brown, and while restraining Brown with his right hand, punched Adams in his nose with his left.
Brown wasn’t present in the courtroom and isn’t expected to appear in court until Friday during his own trial.
But Hollosy’s trial seemed more about Brown than the bodyguard. Three witnesses, including Adams, identified Brown as punching Adams, as Adams stood still with his hands to his side. But one of the witnesses, an Uber limo driver, testified he saw Brown punch Adams in the arm. Garrison, who testified she ran up to Adams to see after him after Brown struck him, testified she never witnessed Hollosy hit Adams.
Brown’s mother and aunt sat in the courtroom, shaking their heads as the witnesses testified. “It’s a circus. Everybody has a different story,” Brown’s mother Joyce said outside the courtroom.
Hollosy’s attorney, Bernie Grimm, argued his client was acting in self defense and protecting his boss. Grimm said Adams had tried to board Brown’s tourbus, a charge that Adams denied.
During his cross-examination, Grimm repeatedly asked Adams about the $3 million lawsuit that Adams filed against Brown and Hollosy. Grimm, Adams said, “provoked, planned and parlayed” the incident and “now wants to get paid.”
Grimm, with the linebacker-sized Hollosy sitting next to him, tried to attack Adams’ credibility. Adams, who testified he discussed the suit with his attorneys before they filed it, said he was unaware of how much his attorneys were seeking from Brown and Hollosy ($1.5 million each) until he read a news story about his lawsuit in the media.
If convicted, Brown and Hollosy face a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine; Brown could face an additional four years in prison for violating probation in his assault conviction involving former girlfriend, Rihanna.
Prosecutors rested their case Thursday; a verdict could come as soon as Friday, paving the way for Brown’s trial.