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Prosecutors file to get Chris Brown out of L.A. jail to face D.C. charges

R&B singer Chris Brown, left, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court with his attorney Mark Geragos, on Monday, March 17, 2014. Brown will spend another month in jail after a judge said Monday he was told the singer made troubling comments in rehab about being good at using guns and knives. The singer was arrested on Friday, March 14, 2014, after he was dismissed from a Malibu facility where he was receiving treatment for anger management, substance abuse and issues related to bipolar disorder. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson, Pool) Chris Brown, in an L.A. court with his attorney Mark Geragos. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson, Pool)

Getting Chris Brown to Washington for his trial on an assault charge isn’t as easy as booking a flight online.

The fact that the R&B crooner is already serving time in a Los Angeles jail in connection with a 2009 assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna is complicating the process. D.C. prosecutors on Wednesday filed paperwork with U.S. Marshals and the warden of the L. A. County Men’s Jail to have Brown brought to Washington in time for his April 17 trial, our colleague Keith Alexander reports.

According to a source in the marshal’s office, D.C. taxpayers will foot the bill for Brown’s transportation.

If he’s temporarily sprung from jail on the left coast, Brown and his bodyguard, Chris Hollosy, will face a judge here in Washington on a misdemeanor assault charge filed after a fight with a fan outside the W Hotel downtown last year. Brown had been serving his time in L.A. at a Malibu rehab facility where he was getting treatment for anger management, but he was ordered back to lockup after allegedly making comments about using guns.

Last week, D.C. prosecutors accused Brown’s legal team of the “unorthodox” practice of shopping around for a judge to oversee the trial, Alexander reports.

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Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.



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