Chris Brown leaves the District of Columbia Superior Court in January. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo) Chris Brown leaves the District of Columbia Superior Court in January. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)

Singer Chris Brown and his bodyguard will have separate trials on misdemeanor assault charges, a D.C. Superior Court judge ordered on Monday, our colleague Keith Alexander reports.

Brown and Chris Hollosy were both charged after a fight last year outside the W hotel. Hollosy’s attorney argued for the separate trials, saying his client wants to testify as a witness for Brown and couldn’t do so if they were tried at the same time.

Hollosy’s trial starts April 17, and Brown’s will follow.

Read the rest of the unfolding legal drama — including Brown’s surprising whereabouts —  here.