FILE: R&B singer Chris Brown, left, at a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court with his attorney Mark Geragos. (Lucy Nicholson/AP)

A shackled Chris Brown, dressed in a Los Angeles County jail jumpsuit, was escorted by U.S. Marshals onto a plane Thursday morning, bound for Washington in preparation for his misdemeanor assault trial.

Washington prosecutors last month sought a court order to have the singer extradited via a so-called “Con-Air” flight to Washington where he is to be held in a jail cell until his April 17 trial.

A marshal spokesman confirmed the singer was in custody and would be confined to a D.C. area jail once he arrived.

Brown, 24, 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 Brown and his property. Brown faces a maximum 180 days and $1,000 fine if convicted by the judge who will be hearing the case.

Last month, a California judge ordered Brown be locked up in a Los Angeles jail 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 for assaulting his then-girlfriend, pop star Rihanna. He was scheduled to be in the jail until April 23.

A hearing in Brown’s assault case is scheduled for D.C. Superior Court on Monday, but Brown is not expected to be in attendance.

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