R&B singer Chris Brown is reportedly in plea negotiations with District prosecutors regarding his misdemeanor assault charges, two people familiar with the talks said Monday.
The 25-year-old, Grammy winning singer is scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday for a hearing in his case. Brown could accept the plea deal at the hearing if both sides agree to terms. If not, Brown is expected to go to trial, said the people who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was still being finalized. Sources said attorneys hope it could completed be as early as Tuesday.
Brown was charged with assault after an Oct. 27 altercation with a 20-year-old fan who was seeking a photograph with the singer outside the W Hotel downtown Washington. Authorities say Brown punched the Beltsville man in the face following a verbal exchange.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office declined comment. Attorneys for Brown did not return calls or e-mails seeking comment.
Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, 35, was also charged with assaulting the fan, but the two men requested separate trials. Following a two-day trial in April, Superior Court Senior Judge Patricia Wynn ruled Hollosy was guilty. Brown’s on-again, off-again D. C. trial has been delayed ever since.
During the run up to his trial date in the District, Brown had been incarcerated in a California jail for more than two months. In March, a California judge ordered the singer jailed for allegedly making threats about using guns while in an anger-management rehabilitation center last month. Brown had been ordered to the in-patient facility as part of his plea deal in connection with his 2009 conviction for assaulting his then-girlfriend, pop star Rihanna. He was released from the California jail on June 2.
For Hollosy’s trial, prosecutors ordered Brown to be extradited to Washington to prepare for trial, which was originally scheduled to begin immediately following Hollosy’s trial. A iron-shackled Brown was transported on a federal prisoner flight, i.e., con-air and van, during a cross-country, five-day trip, to appear in D.C. Superior Court.
But when Hollosy was found guilty, Brown’s attorneys asked for the singer’s trial to be delayed because Hollosy, their star witness in Brown’s case, had since been convicted and would not testify on behalf of Brown out of concern about risking his chance to appeal the verdict.
Hollosy is scheduled to be sentenced in August.