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Singer Chris Brown can’t seem to catch a break. On Wednesday, he was close to settling his assault case in a deal that would have let him walk away a free man. Unfortunately, the negotiations fell apart when the lawyers couldn’t agree on what Brown would admit happened on that fateful day in October when he got arrested.
What is known is that at the time, Brown was still on probation in California for the 2009 attack on his then girlfriend, Rihanna. On the day of the arrest, a man accused him of hitting him after he tried to get into a picture that Brown was taking with two women in front of a hotel in Washington.
Brown was arrested and later charged with misdemeanor assault.
In court, Prosecutor Kevin Chambers said that Brown had rejected a deal to plead guilty to misdemeanor assault in exchange for a sentence of time served. Brown had spent the night in jail in Washington following his arrest and he also served time in California after he admitted he had violated probation by committing a crime in Washington. He was released in early June.
Prior to the hearing, the two sets of lawyers had been in talks until hours before it started. It ended without them reaching an agreement.
His attorney, Mark Geragos, said that his team and that of the prosecutors couldn’t come to an agreement regarding a statement that explained exactly what happened that day in Washington. After the hearing, he said, “They wanted him to read from a script that wasn’t true.”
When he was asked exactly what it was that they couldn’t see eye to eye on, he refused to make any comments.
“If they want a trial, that’s what they’ll get,” Geragos said outside the court, after the hearing.
A trial date has been set for September 8.
Meanwhile, Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was also in court on the same day. Hollosy was arrested for getting involved in the same fight that Brown was in. The victim, Parker Adams, claims he was the second person to strike him.
Hollosy was convicted of misdemeanor assault but is yet to be sentenced.