LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Chris Brown performs onstage at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Hide Caption

Chris Brown arrested in Washington DC for assault

a a a a
Share this story

 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chris Brown was arrested early Sunday in Washington after a fight broke out near the W Hotel, police said, complicating an already snarled legal history for the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer.

Brown, 24, was charged with felony assault in an incident that started just before 4:30 a.m., D.C. police spokesman Paul Metcalf said Sunday morning. Chris Hollosy, 35, also was arrested on felony assault charges, Metcalf said. Police believe the two men were together during the incident but said they couldn't confirm any relationship between the suspects.

"There was a physical altercation, which resulted in the victim sustaining injuries," Metcalf said.

Brown and Hollosy were being held in police custody until Monday, Metcalf said.

A man was injured in the fight and reportedly taken to a hospital, police said, but they did not identify him or give details on his injuries. It was not clear whether the victim was taken by ambulance or another vehicle. He had been released from the hospital as of early Sunday afternoon, Metcalf said.

The felony charges in the case were based, in part, on the extent of the victim's injuries, police said.

Brown's publicists and attorney, Mark Geragos, did not immediately respond to messages left early Sunday.

Brown was in Washington to perform Saturday night at an event billed as a "Homecoming Weekend" party at a downtown club. He tweeted about the party Saturday. Howard University spokeswoman Kerry-Ann Hamilton said Sunday that the party was not sponsored or affiliated with the school, which is celebrating its homecoming.

Brown remains on probation for the 2009 beating of his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna just before the Grammy Awards. The photos of Rihanna's bruised face caused outrage among many fans. Brown pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault as part of a plea deal.

His probation was revoked briefly earlier this year after a hit-and-run incident, and he was given 1,000 more hours of community service to perform. There were allegations that he may have skated on some or all of the 1,400 hours he was first assigned.

Brown, who lives in Los Angeles and is originally from Virginia, has been involved in a number of incidents since the 2009 arrest. He was initially sued for a nightclub brawl that allegedly erupted between his entourage and that of musician Drake, at the time believed to be a paramour of Rihanna.

Brown also tussled with singer Frank Ocean and others after Ocean parked in Brown's space at a recording studio in Los Angeles. Ocean said he suffered an injured finger, but no charges were filed. A second man, Sha'keir Duarte, sued Brown, claiming a concussion.

Brown's arrest could prompt Los Angeles prosecutors to seek a revocation of Brown's probation for the Rihanna beating and ask a judge to impose additional penalties on the singer, including time in jail or prison.

Brown is due back in court Nov. 20 in Los Angeles to update a judge on his probation.

---

Associated Press writers Chris Talbott in Nashville, Tenn.; Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles; and Oscar Gabriel in Washington contributed to this report.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Print this article

Comments

Hmm... It looks like you’re not a WCPO Insider. or Subscribe now to contribute!

More Entertainment News
Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead at 87
Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose intoxicating novels and short stories exposed millions outside Latin America to its…

Ever tried Russian fusion? Oasis invites you in
Ever tried Russian fusion? Oasis invites you in

Sample Samsa , taste Tabaka , and then kick up your heels on the dance floor at this eatery on Fields Ertel Road.

Does Little Flower deliver big fish fry taste?
Does Little Flower deliver big fish fry taste?

The final week of Lent finds our #FFFCincy diners back on the west side, in search of the famed Little Flower Church fish sandwich on…

Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend
Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? 9 On Your Side has teamed up with  CityBeat to bring you the Top 9 picks!

Make even better beer with a DIY temp controller
Make even better beer with a DIY temp controller

This weekend it is time for you to take control of your fermentation temperature with a DIY dual stage temperature controller.

VIDEO: WCPO reporter rides the Banshee
VIDEO: WCPO reporter rides the Banshee

Kings Island is set to open Friday and this year park organizers are preparing to give visitors a real scream.

'View' co-hosts to salute Barbara Walters in May
'View' co-hosts to salute Barbara Walters in May

ABC's "The View" will gather all 11 past and present co-hosts to salute Barbara Walters as she retires from daily television.

Vinyl moves the needle for Record Store Day
Vinyl moves the needle for Record Store Day

Record Store Day, happening April 19, has turned into a communal, worldwide rally for purists, revivalists and audiophiles of all ages. 

Review: Dark play 'R.U.R.' staged at SCPA
Review: Dark play 'R.U.R.' staged at SCPA

The progress of mankind and the dangers of technological innovation are themes often explored by writers and mediums of all types—be it…

Review: Robots brought to life in drama 'R.U.R.'
Review: Robots brought to life in drama 'R.U.R.'

Progress leads everyone and everything forward, right? But what about when plans stray from the path and robots start to act on their own…