Chris Brown: Felony Assault Charge Lowered to Misdemeanor in D.C. Altercation

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It's not all bad news for Chris Brown in the wake of Sunday's arrest in Washington, D.C.

District prosecutors on Monday lowered an assault charge against the singer from a felony to a misdemeanor, the Washington Post reports. Brown, 24, is accused of striking a man during a fight outside the W Hotel around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, following a party at a nearby nightclub. Brown's friend and bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was also allegedly involved in the altercation, and D.C. police charged both men with assault.

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Brown reportedly told police that he did not punch the alleged victim.

The entertainer is currently on probation after pleading guilty in 2009 to attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna. At the time, Brown was sentenced to community service and five years of probation. Since then, he has had many run-ins with the law including a bottle-throwing incident in New York involving rapper Drake, a Los Angeles parking space dispute with fellow R&B star Frank Ocean and controversy over whether or not Brown actually completed his court-ordered community service hours in L.A.

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