WASHINGTON – Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Chris Brown was freed from custody Monday after facing a judge on a charge that he punched a man who tried to pose in a photograph with him.
Prosecutors reduced a felony assault charge to a misdemeanor as a judge released Brown, who exited the courthouse to cheers and flashed a peace sign to supporters after more than a day and a half in custody.
Brown and his bodyguard, Chris Hollosy, were arrested early Sunday outside the W Hotel in Washington. A 20-year-old man told police that he had tried to take a picture with Brown and two women when Brown told him, I aint down with that gay s--t and I feel like boxing, according to charging documents in the case. The man said he was punched by both Brown and Hollosy.
The singer remains on probation for assaulting his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna just before the 2009 Grammy Awards.
– Associated Press