Chris Brown pleaded guilty on Tuesday to punching a man in the face outside a Washington hotel, as the man tried to join a picture the singer was taking with two women outside a hotel.
It was agreed by prosecutors that instead of asking for jail time, to ask the judge to sentence the Grammy-winning singer to time served in exchange for the plea.
Prosecutors said Brown, along with his friend and bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, 36, hit the 25-year-old victim in the case, Parker Adams, in the face after Adams tried to get in a photograph Brown was taking with two women outside the W Hotel on Oct. 27 following a party during Howard University’s homecoming festivities.
“I would like to say to the court, I’m sorry,” Brown apologized in court and said he wanted to get his music career back on track. He did not comment as he left court, swarmed by photographers and a handful of fans.
When the Washington accident happened, the troubled star was on probation in the 2009 assault case involving former girlfriend and singer Rihanna. The arrest led a judge in California to revoke his probation, and he was ordered in May to serve an additional 131 days in jail. He was released in June.
Brown’s attorney, Danny Onorato, argued that Brown had already suffered extensive consequences from the Washington case, noting the additional jail time in California and the four months he spent receiving inpatient counseling.
Mr.Onorato said that Brown’s career has been on hold for nearly a year and that he wanted to take responsibility for his actions so he could go back to work, including a tour in support of a new album, says AOL News.
The singer’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was also charged in the same case. The prosecutors accused him of being the second after Brown to punch the victim. Hollosy was convicted of misdemeanor assault in April. He has not yet been sentenced.
“As Chris Brown himself has now finally acknowledged, he punched a man in the face without provocation,” U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said in a statement. “No matter your status or celebrity, you will be held accountable for such conduct in our city.”
The singer was released from jail on June 2 after spending 108 days behind bars for violating his probation after he allegedly made threats about using guns while seeking anger-management treatment in rehab. Last month, the star was praised by a judge for his good behaviour after appearing at a Los Angeles court for a progress report on his probation, says Mail Online.
Brown arrived nearly two hours before his hearing was scheduled. He was accompanied by his in-and-off girlfriend Karrueche Tran, who arrived at the D.C. Superior Court in a clinging leather mini dress and heels.
After he left, several of his fans, one who broke out in tears in the courtroom and left, held up signs that said “Team Breezy 4-Ever” referring to Brown’s “Breezy” nickname.
He was not charged in any of the incidents, but they have tarnished his public image, even as legions of fans continue to support him. Many of Brown’s more than 13 million Twitter followers continue to come to the singer’s defense and attack his critics.