WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown was close to a plea deal in his assault case that would have kept him out of jail, but the talks fell apart when prosecutors and defense attorneys couldn’t agree on what he would acknowledge happened last year.
Brown was arrested in October outside a hotel and charged with misdemeanor assault. A fan accused the singer of hitting him when he tried to get in a photograph Brown was taking with two women. At the time, Brown was on probation for a 2009 attack on singer Rihanna, his then girlfriend.
He was released from jail earlier this month.
Prosecutor Kevin Chambers said Wednesday they offered a deal for Brown to plead guilty to simple assault and time served in the Washington case. But the Grammy-winning singer’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said defense lawyers and prosecutors couldn’t agree on a statement of facts about what happened outside the W hotel.
“They wanted him to read from a script that wasn’t true,” Geragos said after the hearing. The attorney did not say specifically what the disagreement was over.
Brown was in court Wednesday, wearing white jeans, a white shirt, a leather jacket and a black tie.
His trial was scheduled for Sept. 8.
Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was also charged in the same Washington scuffle. He was accused of being the second person after Brown to strike Parker Adams.
Hollosy was convicted of misdemeanor assault in April. He has not yet been sentenced.
Celebrities Arrested Two or More Times
1. R. Kelly: 3 timesSource:R. Kelly Instagram 1 of 23
2. Snoop Dogg: 8 times2 of 23
3. Diddy was arrested in 1999 for possession of a firearm and in 2015 after fighting with his son's coach.3 of 23
4. T.I.: 7 times4 of 23
5. Martin Sheen: 66 times5 of 23
6. Bobby Brown: 7 times6 of 23
7. Mike Tyson: 7 times7 of 23
8. Robert Downey Jr.: 6 times8 of 23
9. DMX: 13 times9 of 23
10. Lil' Wayne: 4 times10 of 23
11. Sean Penn: 6 times11 of 23
12. O.J. Simpson: 5 times12 of 23
13. Lindsay Lohan: 6 times13 of 23
14. Chris Brown: 2 Times14 of 23
15. Charlie Sheen: 3 times15 of 23
16. The late James Brown: 8 times16 of 23
17. Paris Hilton: 3 times17 of 23
18. Foxy Brown: 7 times18 of 23
19. Naomi Campbell: 3 times19 of 23
20. Michelle Rodriguez: 5 times20 of 23
21. George Michael: 7 times21 of 23
22. Charles Barkley: 4 times22 of 23
23. The late Amy Winehouse: 5 times23 of 23