Chris Brown Arrested, Charged With Felony Assault

Singer allegedly involved in altercation with a man in Washington, DC

Chris Brown visits BET's '106 & Park' at BET Studios in New York City.
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October 27, 2013 11:26 AM ET

Chris Brown was arrested on Sunday morning and charged with a felony assault in Washington, D.C. CNN reports that the singer and his bodyguard, who was also arrested, were involved in an altercation with another man outside the W Hotel, according to the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. 

TMZ adds that the incident took place at around 4:30 a.m. and that Brown allegedly punched the other man once in the face. Law enforcement sources told the site that Brown did not appear to be under the influence of any substances at the time and that he is currently in custody.

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The arrest adds to the list of legal troubles for the 24-year-old performer, who is currently on probation in California for his 2009 conviction for felony domestic violence against his former girlfriend Rihanna. Prosecutors have filed probation violation charges against Brown twice in the last year. In August, he was sentenced to an additional 1,000 hours of community labor after the district attorney's office said he didn't complete the 1,400 hours originally assigned to him as part of his 2009 sentence. He was also jailed briefly in August for a hit-and-run charge that was dropped soon afterwards.

The singer also suffered a seizure around that time, which his doctor attributed to intense fatigue and emotional stress.

CNN notes that the terms of Brown's probation require that he stay out of any legal trouble, and that any arrest could therefore result in jail time. 

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