R&B bad boy Chris Brown has new reason to smile today.
Indeed, the Grammy winning hitmaker – whose most recent hit allegedly occurred outside of the studio – has seen his day of media frenzy and courtroom hoop-lah end on a relatively positive note.
Full story inside…
Via Washington Post & CNN:
“The charges against singer Chris Brown and his bodyguard stemming from a weekend fight were reduced to simple assault misdemeanors. The two men, who had spent the previous 36 hours in a Washington jail, [were] released without bail Monday afternoon.”
“Brown, 24, was ordered to report to his California probation officer within 48 hours and to stay at least 100 yards away from the man he is accused of assaulting early Sunday. Both men must return to court on November 24.”
The maximum penalty on the reduced [misdemeanor] charge is 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. However, it is separate from potential charges of probation violation stemming from a 2009 incident with singer Rihanna. If found in violation of that probation arrangement, Brown faces up to four years in jail in addition to what ever he is sentenced for the misdemeanor.
This has the potential to get very messy. While eyewitness accounts of what really happened that morning vary, both agree that the altercation started as a result of the man abruptly jumping into a photo Brown was taking with female fans. From there, the stories do not match.
Report #1 - The victim, identified as 20-year-old Isaac Adams Parker of Beltsville, Maryland told police that he tried to jump into a photo that Brown was posing for with a female fan on the sidewalk when the singer said, “I’m not down with that gay s–t” and “I feel like boxing,” the police report said. Parker said he responded by saying, “Then why you ho-ing?” That led Brown to then punched him in the face and, according to Parker, his bodyguard followed with another punch.
Report #2 - Brown denied ever confronting or hitting the man. He’s quoted saying, “I was on the bus when I guess someone tried to get on and my bodygaurd handled it.”
Report #3 - A witness told police that she saw Brown chase the man and take a swing, but couldn’t see if the punch made contact.
Report #4 – An acquaintance of Brown told police that another D.C. police officer told him that the man had said Brown never hit him. That officer later denied being told that.
*Video of Chris Brown Leaving The Courtroom: via TMZ*