D.C. prosecutors have begun the process of having Chris Brown removed from a Los Angeles jail and extradited to Washington for his scheduled April assault trial.

Late Wednesday, prosecutors filed a writ with the U.S. Marshals and the warden of the Los Angeles County Men’s Jail to have the R&B singer brought to Washington on April 15 in time for his April 17 trial in D.C. Superior Court. A copy was filed with the court.

Brown, 24, is and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, 35, each were charged with one count of misdemeanor assault after an October altercation with a fan outside the W Hotel in downtown Washington. Brown’s attorneys have said Brown is innocent and that he and Hollosy were protecting him and his property.

Brown is currently in a Los Angeles jail. Earlier this month, a California judge ordered that Brown be locked up after the singer allegedly made comments about using guns while he was in a court-mandated rehabilitation facility. Brown had been ordered to the inpatient facility as part of his plea deal in connection with his 2009 conviction of assaulting his then-girlfriend, pop star Rihanna. He was scheduled to be in the jail until April 23.

An April 7 pretrial hearing also has been set in the case, but Brown is not scheduled to be in attendance.

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