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.
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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
After Dark Films
The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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