Chris Brown's Assault Charge Reduced to Misdemeanor
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.28.2013
But his probation could still be revoked...
Chris Brown was not charged with felony assault today as expected. TMZ reports that the charge against Brown, which stems from his arrest on Sunday morning after allegedly punching a man in Washington, DC, was reduced from felony assault to misdemeanor assault.
released without bail. He is required to stay 100 yards away from the victim. The judge vacated what is normally a standard order to take a drug test; an assault charge on Brown's bodyguard has also been reduced to a misdemeanor.
Law enforcement sources said that the fight started when the victim and his friend photobombed Brown's posing for a picture with two girls, while sources close to Brown say the fight was actually because the alleged victim tried to force his way onto Brown's tour bus.
Witness statements are currently conflicting; Brown's statement was that he was on his tour bus and that his bodyguard "handled it," and denies punching the victim. The victim, as previously reported, said he tried to get a picture with Brown and Brown allegedly said, "I ain't down with that gay shit" and threw the punch; he also claims the bodyguard hit him too. The victim claims that after the bodyguard hit him, Brown got behind the bodyguard and yelled, "Yeah, walk away."
According to police, the victim was treated for a fractured nasal bone.
In addition, TMZ reports that the Los Angeles County Probation Dept. has launched an investigation into the arrest to determine if it constitutes a probation violation. The department found out about the arrest from Brown's lawyer, who called them Sunday morning to let them know.
Probation officials have been speaking with authorities in DC and will conduct their own investigation to determine if there's good reason to believe Brown committed a crime. It will then submit a report to the judge in Brown's probation case. If the probation is violated, Brown could face four years in prison.