Chris Brown's misdemeanour assault trial is facing a long delay after his bodyguard, a key witness for the defence, refused to testify unless he was granted immunity following his own conviction on Monday (21Apr14). Christopher Hollosy was found guilty of punching 20-year-old Parker Adams in the face during a bust-up outside a Washington, D.C. hotel in October (13).
The security guard claims he was the only one to hit Adams, and insisted during his trial that he lashed out because the victim was attempting to gain access to his client's tour bus.
Brown's trial relating to his involvement in the alleged assault began immediately after Hollosy was found guilty, but his lawyers were granted a continuance and the case was postponed until Wednesday (23Apr14).
Proceedings have stalled again after prosecutors denied Hollosy's request for immunity over evidence he had been expected to give during Brown's trial, which the defence team had hoped would clear the star of any wrongdoing.
Hollosy's lawyers have now revealed they plan to challenge the bodyguard's conviction and will not participate in Brown's trial until the appeal process is complete. The singer's attorney, Mark Geragos, believes this could take at least six months.
Judge A. Franklin Burgess, Jr. set a date for a status hearing in Brown's case for 25 June (14) - the same day Hollosy is due to be sentenced - although a new trial date has yet to be determined.
Brown, who has denied the assault charge, faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 (£625) fine if convicted. He could land a further four years behind bars if the ruling is deemed a violation of his probation following his 2009 conviction for assaulting his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.
Meanwhile, the incarcerated singer is waiting to hear if he will be allowed to walk free from jail - a California hearing regarding his release is due to take place on Wednesday afternoon.
Brown has been behind bars since he was dismissed from a rehab facility in California, where he was receiving court-ordered anger-management treatment, last month (Mar14).
Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson is convinced he has opened the door for rock stars to become judges on TV talent contests. The musician joined the panel of coaches on The Voice U.K. earlier this year (14) alongside more mainstream acts Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Kylie Minogue.
He is adamant his arrival on the programme has given other rock stars the green light to do the same, highlighting Coldplay's Chris Martin's mentoring stint on the U.S. version of the show earlier this month (Apr14).
Wilson tells Britain's Metro newspaper, "This is me being a big head here, so I need to be careful - but when it was announced that Chris Martin was doing the American one...I'd like to think that it came into his head when he was offered it that it was maybe something that we're allowed to do.
"I was probably the first alternative musician to judge on a reality show and I think it was a brave step to do that, but I see it as a step in the door."
Chris Brown's bodyguard has been convicted of misdemeanour assault relating to a fight outside a Washington, D.C. hotel in October (13). District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Patricia Wynn delivered the verdict against Christopher Hollosy on Monday morning (21Apr14), following the conclusion of a two-day trial, which ended on Friday (18Apr14).
He and Brown are both accused of punching 20-year-old Parker Adams in the face after he reportedly approached the singer with two female friends and asked to be part of a photograph.
Brown is alleged to have thrown the first punch, while Adams claimed Hollosy broke his nose.
The bodyguard insisted he lashed out at the alleged victim after Adams attempted to gain access to his client's tour bus, but Judge Wynn declared Hollosy's actions were "not justified" as neither he nor Brown were under attack.
She also suggested the singer had broken the law, ruling, "Mr. Brown did not have a right of self-defence."
Hollosy will be sentenced on 25 June (14), while Brown's trial for his misdemeanour assault charge relating to the same incident began immediately after the judge delivered the guilty verdict.
However, the case has been delayed until Wednesday (23Apr14) after his attorneys successfully requested a continuance.
Brown, who has denied the allegations, faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 (£625) fine if convicted. He could land a further four years behind bars if the ruling is deemed a violation of his probation following his 2009 conviction for assaulting his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.
The singer has been behind bars since he was dismissed from a rehab facility in California, where he was receiving court-ordered anger-management treatment, last month (Mar14).
Chris Brown's assault trial has been delayed after a judge in Washington, D.C. opted to spend the Easter weekend mulling a verdict for the R&B star's bodyguard, who is also facing jail time for allegedly beating up a man outside a hotel in the city last year (13). Brown was expected to take the stand on Friday (18Apr14) after his minder, Christopher Hollosy's trial had wrapped up, but District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Patricia Wynn decided to postpone her judgment until Monday (21Apr14).
Concluding testimony in the case on Friday, she explained she needed time to consider the evidence against Hollosy and decide a verdict in his misdemeanour assault trial.
Both he and Brown are accused of punching 20-year-old Parker Adams in the face after he reportedly approached the singer in October (13) with two female friends and asked to be part of a photograph.
Brown is accused of throwing the first punch, while Adams claims Hollosy broke his nose.
The singer's trial will begin immediately after the judge's verdict in the Hollosy trial. He was escorted into court on Friday by U.S. marshals, who then took him back to jail minutes later after it became clear he would not be taking the stand.
If he is convicted, Brown faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 (£625) fine.
The conviction could also be deemed a violation of his probation after a 2009 conviction in Los Angeles for assaulting his former girlfriend Rihanna, and that could land him a further four years in prison.
Brown was jailed last month (Mar14) after violating his probation when he was dismissed from a rehab facility in California, where he was receiving court-ordered anger-management treatment.
A Washington, D.C. judge has rejected a motion to dismiss Chris Brown's assault charge, clearing the way for his trial to begin as scheduled next week (begs14Apr14). The Kiss Kiss hitmaker's lawyer, Mark Geragos, was in court on Monday (07Apr14) and argued that prosecutors had abused the grand jury process in preparations for the upcoming trial, which relates to a fight involving the singer and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy outside a hotel in October (13).
However, Judge Patricia Wynn dismissed Geragos' claims of misconduct, and now Brown will have to stand trial for the misdemeanour as scheduled on 17 April (14).
Brown, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge, was not in attendance for Monday's hearing - he is still en route from a Los Angeles jail to the U.S. capital after being placed in the custody of U.S. Marshals last Wednesday (02Apr14). The long journey involves multiple stops across the country as the U.S. Marshals pick up other prisoners along the way.
Brown was jailed last month (Mar14) after violating his 2009 probation from his assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna by getting kicked out of a Malibu, California rehabilitation centre, where he had been seeking court-ordered anger management treatment.
Embattled R&B star Chris Brown has been placed under the custody of U.S. Marshals as he makes his way to Washington, D.C. in shackles onboard a plane. The singer was picked up from a Los Angeles jail and escorted to a holding facility in San Bernardino on Wednesday (02Apr14), prior to his long journey to the U.S. capital, where he is facing trial for misdemeanour assault relating to a fight outside a hotel in October (13).
Brown, who was jailed last month (Mar14) after violating his probation in connection to a 2009 assault conviction, is expected to board a plane on Thursday (03Apr14), but it won't be a direct flight to Washington, D.C. - the flight has multiple stops planned, including one in Oklahoma, so the U.S. Marshals can pick up other prisoners along the way, according to TMZ.com. Website editors report the group will not actually arrive in D.C. until Sunday (06Apr14).
Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, is due to appear before a D.C. judge on Monday (07Apr14) in a bid to have his client's charges dropped ahead of the trial start date on 17 April (14).
If the request is denied, Brown will have to remain in jail until his day in court.
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker's problems began last month March (14) when he was asked to leave a Malibu rehabilitation centre, where he had been seeking court-ordered anger management treatment.
A Los Angeles judge is considering a request from Chris Brown's lawyer to let the singer walk free from jail in time for a court hearing in Washington, D.C. later this month (Apr14). Mark Geragos was in court on Tuesday (01Apr14) calling for time with his client before the assault trial, relating to a fight outside a Washington, D.C. hotel last year (13).
The lawyer told the court that he is outraged by the very suggestion that Brown could be shackled, hauled out of L.A. County Jail and sent directly to his hearing.
According to TMZ.com, Geragos argued that his client should be allowed to prepare for trial properly before flying back to Washington, D.C. as a free man on 17 April (14).
Brown has been behind bars since he violated probation last month (Mar14), after getting kicked out of a rehab facility in California.
A Washington, D.C. judge has granted prosecutors permission to haul embattled singer Chris Brown from a Los Angeles jail to stand trial in the U.S. capital for a misdemeanour assault charge. The R&B star was placed behind bars in California earlier this month (Mar14) after he was asked to leave a Malibu rehabilitation centre, where he had been seeking anger management treatment as part of a court-ordered stay for a probation violation, relating to a fight outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. last October (13). The 24-year-old singer and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy both stand accused of punching the alleged victim.
Brown's lawyers filed a motion on Wednesday (26Mar14) to have the case dismissed, but it appears the judge is refusing to do so. Instead, he has approved an order to have the Kiss Kiss hitmaker escorted to court in Washington by a U.S. Marshal.
However, the jail transfer cannot be completed until the Los Angeles judge overseeing his probation case signs off on the release, according to TMZ.com.
Brown's trial date has been set for 17 April (14). He has pleaded not guilty, but if convicted, he faces up to four years behind bars.
His probation stems from a 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Chris Brown's lawyers have asked a judge to dismiss the misdemeanour assault charge the singer is facing in Washington, D.C. The embattled star's legal representatives claim prosecutors misused the grand jury process to prepare for the trial, and filed a motion on Wednesday (26Mar14) to have the case dismissed.
Prosecutors had not responded to the motion as WENN went to press.
The case relates to the alleged assault of a man outside Brown's hotel in the U.S. capital in October (13). The 24-year-old singer and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy both stand accused of punching the alleged victim.
The singer was sent to a California jail earlier this month (Mar14) after being asked to leave the Malibu rehabilitation centre where he was completing a court order-stay to work on his anger issues.
A court date is set for 17 April (14) for the assault case, and on Wednesday (27Mar14) prosecutors filed legal papers asking for Brown to be moved from a Los Angeles jail to Washington, D.C. in time for the trial.
Rihanna's former accountants have petitioned a judge to dismiss a breach of contract and negligence lawsuit filed by the singer in 2012. The We Found Love hitmaker, real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty, is seeking unspecified damages from bosses at New York firm Berdon LLP for allegedly neglecting to properly manage her cashflow and expenses and failing to uncover millions of dollars in unpaid royalties.
Rihanna also blames the money men for not dissuading her from purchasing a luxury home in California in 2009, which became a living hell for the singer, and she has accused her former financial advisors of failing to file her tax returns, resulting in an audit by officials at America's Internal Revenue Service.
However, the accountants are firing back at her lawsuit with their own legal documents, filed in Manhattan Federal Court.
They have listed things Rihanna did to compound her financial woes and are asking a judge to toss the case out.
Meanwhile, on the other side of America, a Los Angeles judge has issued a tentative ruling denying a writ filed by the police officer who leaked a photo of the singer following her 2009 assault at the hands of ex-boyfriend Chris Brown to TMZ.com.
Former LAPD officer Rebecca Reyes, who also took the infamous photo of the singer's beaten-up face on her personal cell phone, was found guilty of multiple counts of misconduct at an administrative hearing and while she escaped criminal prosecution, she was kicked out of the force.
She has since filed a lawsuit seeking a writ of mandate, calling on the City of Los Angeles and Police Chief Charles Beck to officially terminate her employment.
In advance of a hearing on Thursday (20Mar14), Superior Judge Luis Lavin has denied Reyes' writ.
The judge writes, "After conducting an independent review of the evidence, the Court finds that Petitioner participated in the release of the photograph showing Ms. Fenty's injuries to TMZ."