Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to assaulting a man outside a Washington, D.C. hotel room last October. Although he was originally charged with a felony, the charge was lessened to a misdemeanor. A judge sentenced him to time served; Brown spent two days in a District of Columbia jail in association with this case, according to The Associated Press.
On October 27th, 20-year-old Parker Isaac Adams claimed that Brown and his bodyguard had punched him after he asked for a photo with the pop star, who was talking with two women at the time. The singer initially pleaded not guilty to the charge. A judge convicted Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, of assault in April, with Hollosy still awaiting sentencing. The singer's trial was set to take place that month, but was delayed.
"I would like to say to the court that I'm sorry," Brown told the judge. When he left, AP reports that he was greeted by photographers and "a handful" of fans. He made no comments when he left the court.
Brown was still serving probation for his 2009 assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna at the time of his arrest. As a result, a Los Angeles judge sentenced Brown to 131 more days in jail; he was released in June.
The singer's lawyer claimed that Brown had already been punished for the assault between the time the pop star spent in jail and the four-month stint of rehab he underwent after his probation was revoked. Brown was kicked out of rehab for violating its rules. Since the singer had put his career on hold for almost a year, Brown's lawyer said the singer was ready to accept responsibility and move on with his life.
Adams has since filed a $3 million civil suit against Brown and Hollosy, seeking $1.5 million from each the singer and bodyguard. Court documents say the man suffered a fractured nose, and Hollosy's laywer has alleged that Adams was just looking to "get rich."
In August, Brown released the song "New Flame," which featured guest appearances by Usher and Rick Ross and is set to appear on his long-delayed X album. That same month, Brown hosted a pre-VMA party that turned violent – though not because of Brown – when Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight was shot six times. "It's disappointing that we as a society can't have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes," Brown tweeted the day after the shooting. "Miss me with the bullshit!!!"