Brown was scheduled to begin trial in the case in which he and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy were accused of assaulting a 20-year-old man outside a D.C. hotel in the early morning hours of October 27. But, after Hollosy was convicted of assault on Monday in a separate trial and scheduled for sentencing on June 25, Brown’s lawyers asked for an extension on their case in order to allow Hollosy time to appeal.
According to NBC4, no specific date has been set for Brown’s trial, but it could take up to six months depending on the length of Hollosy’s appeal process. A judge agreed to delay Brown’s trial after Hollosy said he would not testify out of fear of incriminating himself.
Prosecutors said they were not inclined to give Hollosy immunity in Brown’s trial because they believe that the bodyguard might lie on the stand. The delay means that Brown, 24, may once again have to be taken into U.S. Marshals custody in chains and board a “Con-Air” flight that would transport him back to Los Angeles, where he will be held in custody until a June 25 status hearing in D.C. It could take up to a week for the flight to deliver Brown to an L.A. jail.
According to @ChrisBrown lawyer: US Marshals transport cross country using bus then a plane then another plane and then another bus.
— Mark Segraves (@SegravesNBC4) April 23, 2014
However, CNN reported that Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, will ask a California judge to allow his client to travel back to L.A. on his own on a commercial flight, rather than the grueling federal transport system. The transport commonly referred to as “Con-Air” is a combination of multiple airline flights between cities and bus trips where prisoners are chained and guarded.
“I think it’s a little over the top to have him in custody on this misdemeanor when everybody saw the bodyguard’s trial and which was nothing more than a bloody nose,” Geragos said. “And you have got the bodyguard who was convicted and who readily admitted he was the one who did the punching. So all of this is much ado about nothing.”
During Hollosy’s trial, a limo driver who witnessed the incident testified that he saw Brown throw a punch that grazed the victim’s shoulder and another from Hollosy that bloodied the man’s nose. Brown has denied hitting the man, who is suing Brown and Hollosy for $3 million to cover doctors’ bills, pain and suffering.
If convicted, Brown could not only face jail time in D.C., but additional jail time in California for violating his probation in his 2009 assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna.