Judge lets Chris Brown skip DC court date in alleged homophobic assault

WASHINGTON — A judge says R&B singer Chris Brown doesn’t have to travel from Los Angeles to Washington to appear in court.

Chris Brown
Chris Brown
D.C. Superior Judge Robert Tignor agreed Friday to let Brown waive his scheduled appearance on Monday.

Brown is facing a misdemeanor assault charge. He and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy were arrested last month on charges of punching a man outside a hotel who tried to jump into a picture with the singer.

The altercation began after the man tried to get into a picture with Brown and two other people, according to his account in the police report, which quotes the man as saying Brown told him, “I’m not down with that gay shit” and “I feel like boxing.”

The man told police Brown punched him in the face, and police say the area around his nose was swollen and bruised.

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Another man stepped between them and also punched the man before grabbing Brown by the arm and leading him toward the tour bus, according to the report.

Brown was ordered into anger management rehabilitation this week following a Los Angeles court appearance.

His lawyers say they haven’t had an opportunity to review evidence with him. They told the judge it didn’t make sense for him to check out of rehab and travel cross-country when all they plan to do Monday is request a new court date.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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