Chris Brown released from custody after assault charges

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Chris Brown has been released from police custody in Washington DC.

The R&B singer was arrested early on Sunday morning after a man accused him and his bodyguard of breaking his nose outside the W Hotel.

Prosecutors reduced an assault charge to a misdemeanour, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail, as a judge released Brown.

After spending the night in jail, the 24-year-old left court on Monday surrounded by security, press and fans.

The singer's lawyer, Danny Onorato said: "Christopher Brown committed no crime.

"We understand that his security staff acted to protect Mr Brown and Mr Brown's property as he was authorised to do under District of Columbia law.

"We are confident that Mr Brown will be exonerated of any wrongdoing."

According to court documents, the man told police he'd tried to push his way into a picture Brown was taking with a woman and her friend.

Parker Adams, 20 and from Maryland, claimed he was punched by both Brown and his bodyguard Chris Hollosy before Brown boarded his tour bus.

The star is due back in court on 25 November.

Chris Brown is still on five years probation for attacking his ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 before the Grammy Music Awards.

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image captionChris Brown's lawyer, Danny Onorato (centre), claims he did nothing wrong

He was cleared of hit-and-run charges in August after the judge ruled the singer and a woman, whose Mercedes he hit with his Range Rover, had reached an agreement over the case.

In January, it was claimed he was involved in a fight with singer Frank Ocean over a car parking space outside a Hollywood recording studio.

At the time, detectives said Brown was under suspicion for punching the victim but the case was dropped after Ocean decided not to press charges.

The singer is set to release his latest album, X, later this year.

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