*The bodyguard of singer Chris Brown has been found guilty on a D.C. assault charge, reports the Associated Press. (Brown’s trial is expected to begin later today.)
The judge in the case ruled that Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, “was not justified” in punching a man outside a D.C. hotel in October.
Both Hollosy and Brown were charged with misdemeanor assault in the incident.Hollosy told police he punched the 20-year-old Beltsville, Md., man after the man tried to get on Brown’s tour bus outside the W Hotel near the White House. The man told police a different story: He said Brown and later Hollosy punched him after he tried to get in a photo Brown was taking with the victim’s girlfriend and a female friend.
A limo driver who witnessed the incident said he saw Brown throw a punch that grazed the victim’s shoulder. He said he then saw Hollosy throw a punch that resulted in blood. News4’s Mark Segraves reports the judge’s ruling relied largely on the testimony of the limo driver.
“There was not evidence that Mr. Parker [the victim] was advancing on Mr Brown,” the judge said Monday.
The victim’s girlfriend, however, testified that she didn’t see the bodyguard punch anyone. Court papers say the man’s nose was fractured.
The defense said the victim provoked the fight and now just wants to make money.
Hollosy did not testify at his own trial, which began Thursday and ended Friday, but he is expected to testify at Brown’s and say that he, not Brown, hit Adams.
Breezy wore a suit and tie during his brief court appearance Friday. He waved to supporters in the courtroom including his mother, on-and-off girlfriend Karrueche Tran and rapper Bow Wow.
The case is significant for the Grammy winner not only because he faces up to six months in jail but also because if convicted he could face additional penalties, including jail time, as a result of an earlier case from California. At the time he was arrested in Washington, Brown was on probation in Los Angeles for an attack on his then-girlfriend, the singer Rihanna, in 2009.
Brown entered anger management rehab at a California facility shortly after his Washington arrest, but he was dismissed from it in mid-March for violating its rules. He was then jailed and has been in custody since.
A civil case is also in the works. The victim is suing for $3 million for doctors’ bills, pain and suffering.