*Chris Brown’s assault trial in DC has been delayed until Wednesday, April 23, reports the Washington Post.
Attorneys for Brown, who is accused of striking a fan outside a D.C. hotel in October, had asked for the delay in the case, which had been scheduled to go to trial today.
The request came after Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, 35, was found guilty of misdemeanor assault in connection with the incident. His two-day trial was held last week in D.C. Superior Court.
Brown’s attorneys have said he is innocent and that he and Hollosy were trying to protect Brown and his property. The defense lawyers said they are working to determine whether Hollosy can testify at Brown’s trial without jeopardizing his ability to appeal his conviction.
Brown is in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and was transported via prison bus from a Virginia jail to the courthouse Monday morning. The 24-year-old Grammy and MTV award-winning singer had been kept in isolation in the courthouse cellblock until marshals escorted him to Courtroom 202.
A D.C. judge ordered Brown extradited to Washington from Los Angeles for the trial. Brown has been in custody since a California judge last month ordered him locked up for allegedly making threats about using guns while in an anger-management rehabilitation center last month. He had been ordered to the inpatient facility as part of his plea deal in connection with his 2009 conviction for assaulting his then-girlfriend, pop star Rihanna. He was scheduled to remain in the jail until April 23.
The witnesses in the Brown trial are expected to be the same witnesses who testified in the Hollosy trial, including the victim, Parker Adams, 20, his girlfriend, a Howard University freshman and a limo driver. But one additional witness could be called: Hollosy.
Parker testified in Hollosy’s trial that his girlfriend and another woman were taking a photo with Brown outside the hotel when he jumped in the picture. Brown told him to back out, he said.
Parker said he responded: “Man, who you hoin’?” He said Brown punched him and, as the altercation continued, Hollosy punched him.
Judge Patricia A. Wynn on Monday said Hollosy’s action “weren’t justified” in his self-defense claim of protecting Brown.