Chris Brown: Washington judge refuses to reject case


Chris Brown appears in court
Image caption The singer appears in court in March

Chris Brown's assault case will go ahead as planned after a judge rejected a request to dismiss it.

Lawyers for the singer had argued it should be dropped because prosecutors abused the grand jury system to prepare for trial.

Brown and his bodyguard are accused of punching a man outside a Washington hotel in October.

Mark Geragos, Brown's lawyer, called it "the most investigated misdemeanour of all time."

Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, outside court
Image caption Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, said the case has been going on for too long

However, Judge Patricia Wynn agreed prosecutors had a right to use the grand jury to assess the strength of their case.

"I am persuaded that there was no abuse," Wynn said.

Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, will start his trial 17 April, with the singer's starting when it finishes.

Hollosy is expected to testify during Brown's trial that he is the one who punched at the man, having told police he struck him when he attempted to get onto Brown's tour bus.

Brown was on probation for a 2009 attack on his then-girlfriend Rihanna
Image caption Brown was on probation in for a 2009 attack on his then-girlfriend Rihanna

But court documents describe it differently, saying Brown punched the man first when he tried to get in a picture Brown was taking with two women.

The papers also say the man was treated for a fractured nose and injuries to his face and head.

Brown was on probation in California for an attack in 2009 on his then-girlfriend Rihanna when it's claimed the assault took place.

Soon after his arrest in Washington he entered rehab for anger management treatment, but he was jailed in mid-March after violating the treatment facility's rules.

If convicted in the Washington case, Brown could face jail time, under the terms of a court order in the Rihanna case.

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