Chris Brown was arrested in Washington, D.C., early Sunday morning (October 27) after allegedly assaulting a man outside a hotel. According to TMZ, Brown was arrested for felony assault following an incident in which he got into an altercation with an unnamed man outside the W Hotel on K Street, with police telling the site that Brown punched the man once in the face.
Sources said the Brown and the victim did not know each other and that Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was also arrested in the incident, which took place around 4:25 a.m. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Brown did not appear to be under the influence at the time of his arrest and was still behind bars as of press time.
Brown is still on probation in connection with his 2009 guilty plea to felony domestic violence assault in connection with his attack on ex-girlfriend Rihanna and at press time it was unclear how this latest arrest could affect his probation. As part of a plea deal in the Rihanna case that allowed him to avoid jail time, Brown was sentenced to five years of probation and more than 1,400 hours of community labor.
The victim reportedly told TMZ that Brown broke his nose, which may require surgery and that the altercation took place after the man and a friend photobombed a picture Brown, 24, was taking with two female fans; the man was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Unnamed law enforcement sources told the site that after the victim and a male friend jumped into the shot, Brown allegedly said, “I’m not into gay sh–, I’m into boxing,” and then punched the man.
Brown’s attorney could not be reached by MTV News for comment at press time, but a spokesperson for the Washington D.C. police department confirmed the arrest of the singer and Hollosy. Both were still in custody at press time and would remain so until at least Monday morning when court re-opens for business and they can appear before a judge to request bail; both men were charged with felony assault.
TMZ, quoting unnamed sources close to Brown, said the victim did not photobomb Brown, but instead was trying to get onto the star’s tour bus when Brown stepped in to stop him.
The victim, who said he is not a fan of Brown’s, was confused about why Brown made the homophobic slur against him and that he would have accepted an apology at the scene, but is not likely to press charges against the singer. Brown was in town to host a “homecoming party” at the Park at Fourteen club on Saturday night, just a few blocks from where the fight took place.
If a judge finds Brown in violation of his probation from the Rihanna incident, he could be sent to jail for up to four years . Brown’s probation was violated earlier this year in connection with an investigation into questions about the reporting of hours for his community service from the Rihanna incident. He did not serve additional jail time in that case and his probation was reinstated, but was ordered to complete another 1,000 hours of community labor.
Brown’s lawyer reached a settlement with prosecutors in August in connection with another investigation into a possible probation violation in connection with a hit-and-run car crash in Los Angeles. After being booked and released in the hit-and-run investigation, Brown threatened to retire from music .
The singer is scheduled to appear at a probation status hearing on November 20, according to CNN.
This is at least the third brawl Brown has been involved in over the past year. Earlier this year he reportedly got into it with singer Frank Ocean outside a Los Angeles recording studio; that case was dropped after Ocean declined to press charges. In that incident Brown (or someone else in his entourage) was also alleged to have used a homophobic slur against Ocean, who has spoken publicly about his bisexuality.
Brown also was at the center of a bottle-smashing fight fight involving Drake at a New York nightspot last year that did not end in any formal charges against either man.