Chris Brown was released from custody earlier today after facing a judge on assault charges. The Grammy Award-winning singer allegedly attacked a gay man outside of a Washington D.C. hotel.
Prosecutors reduced a felony assault charge to a misdemeanor. Brown exited the courthouse to cheers and flashed a peace sign to supporters after more than a day and a half in custody.
Brown’s lawyer, Danny Onorato, said outside court Monday that his client committed no crime.
“We understand that his security acted to protect Mr. Brown and Mr. Brown’s property as he was authorized to do under District of Columbia law. We are confident that Mr. Brown will be exonerated of any wrongdoing,” he said.
Brown remains on probation for assaulting his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna just before the 2009 Grammy Awards.
Chris Brown just got cut a big break … the assault charge has just been reduced from a FELONY to a MISDEMEANOR … and Chris pled not guilty. Chris has just been released without bail. He’s also required to stay 100 yards away from the victim.
Chris had been ordered to take a drug test, but the judge just vacated that order. It’s standard in such cases to order a drug test, but that has been cancelled.
The bodyguard’s charge was also reduced to a misdemeanor.
The victim says he was trying to get a pic with Chris and Brown allegedly said, “I ain’t down wit that gay s**t.” The victim told cops he responded by saying, “Why you hoing?” Chris then said, “I feel like boxing.” The victim says Chris then threw the punch and the victim says he then squared off with Chris and then the bodyguard also hit the victim in the face.
According to the victim, after the bodyguard punched him, Chris got BEHIND the bodyguard and screamed, “Yeah, walk away.”
The police say the victim was treated for a fractured nasal bone.