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."
Embattled R&B star Chris Brown's jail time has been extended to the end of April (14) in a bid to keep him out of trouble until his next court hearing. The 24-year-old singer was arrested and taken into custody on Friday (14Mar14) after he was asked to leave a Malibu, California rehab facility for reportedly violating the centre's rules.
As a result of his dismissal, lawmakers in California ruled he had violated a court order to complete a rehab stint.
The judge who sentenced Brown after he was arrested and charged with beating up then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 initially ordered the singer to live in the Malibu, California rehab facility for 90 days in an effort to sort out his anger issues, but he extended the star's rehab stay earlier this month (Mar14), and instructed Brown to stay put until his ongoing assault case, relating to a fight outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. in November (13), was over.
On Monday (17Mar14), Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin refused a request to allow Brown to complete rehab at another facility and set a probation violation hearing for 23 April (14).
Judge Brandlin also told the singer and his attorney Mark Geragos that he was concerned about remarks the star allegedly made while in rehab about the use of guns and knives, and ruled Brown should stay behind bars.
Chris Pine has pleaded guilty to a charge of drink-driving in New Zealand. Earlier this month (Mar14), the Star Trek actor was driving home from a wrap party for his film Z for Zachariah in Canterbury when his car was pulled over by local Methven police at a routine drink-drive checkpoint.
After failing subsequent sobriety tests, he was arrested and was charged with driving with excessive blood alcohol.
On Monday (17Mar14), Pine appeared at a hearing at the Ashburton District court, where police told officials tests revealed the 33 year old's blood alcohol level at 0.11 per cent, which is well over the country's legal limit of .08 per cent.
According to Fairfax Media, Pine's lawyer Marilyn Gilchrist told the judge the actor acknowledged he made the wrong decision to take the wheel after allegedly consuming four vodka drinks, and he had "suffered emotionally and professionally and that the negative publicity had put his acting contracts in jeopardy".
The judge accepted Pine was "entirely remorseful", and fined him $93 NZD (£48). Pine's New Zealand driver's licence was suspended for six months.
Troubled R&B star Chris Brown is on his way to jail after violating an order to complete rehab. The Kiss Kiss singer has reportedly been kicked out of the treatment facility where he has been battling anger management issues for the past four months.
The judge who sentenced Brown after he was arrested and charged with beating up then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 initially ordered the singer to live in the Malibu, California rehab facility for 90 days in an effort to sort out his temper problems, but the lawmaker extended the star's stint earlier this month (Mar14), and instructed Brown to stay put until his ongoing assault case, relating to a fight outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. in November (13), was over.
Sources tell TMZ.com that Brown was asked to leave the treatment facility on Friday morning (14Mar14) for violating rules.
It's the second time the singer has been thrown out of rehab this year - he was asked to leave another facility following a heated exchange with his mother, which culminated in the star hurling a brick through her car window.
Reports he was arrested on Friday afternoon without incident, taken to the inmate reception centre in downtown Los Angeles and booked in to jail.
Brown is still on probation for his 2009 assault conviction in the assault.