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Singer Chris Brown rejects plea deal, assault trial scheduled for September

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Chris Brown arrives at D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 (Photo: Morgan Miller/FOX 5). Chris Brown arrives at D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 (Photo: Morgan Miller/FOX 5).
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Singer Chris Brown has rejected a plea deal and a trial for his assault charge has been set for early September.

Brown is accused of hitting a 20-year-old man outside the W Hotel last October after the man says he tried to get into a photograph the singer was taking with two other women outside of his tour bus.

When he arrived at the courthouse Wednesday afternoon, it was assumed the R&B singer would be taking a plea deal offered by federal prosecutors. But inside the second-floor courtroom, Brown's attorney told the judge the singer would not accept the deal. Instead, Brown will be moving ahead with a trial now set for September 8.

“The problem with the offer was that it was for time served, no jail, no probation, but they wanted him to read from a script that wasn’t true and he was not going to do that and I was not going to let him do that,” said Brown’s attorney Mark Geragos. “So, if they want a trial, that’s what they’ll get.”

As Brown left the courthouse around 3:30 p.m., he was swarmed by young fans and surrounded by U.S. Marshals and the bodyguard who was with Brown that night last October outside the W Hotel. Christopher Hollosy was found guilty in a separate trial for this incident and will be sentenced in November. He is asking for a new trial in the meantime.

Brown’s trial was supposed to happen back in April, but it was delayed after prosecutors declined to grant immunity to Hollosy, a possible key witness in the case.

Brown was released from a Los Angeles County jail earlier this month. He had been in custody since March after he was kicked out of court-ordered rehab.

In May, the judge gave additional jail time to Brown after he admitted to violating his probation for his Washington D.C. altercation. The singer's probation was for his assault of his former girlfriend and pop singer, Rihanna, back in 2009.

Information from The Associated Press used in this report.


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