Chris Brown Assault Charge Reduced; Star Faces Misdemeanor, Free Without Bail

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The assault charge against Chris Brown, filed after his arrest early Sunday morning, has just been reduced from a felony offense to a misdemeanor.

Chris has been released from jail, where he had been for about 36 hours, with no bail. He is required to stay 100 yards away from the alleged victim.

Brown will not be required to take a drug test, as often stipulated in such cases. His bodyguard's charge was also reduced to a misdemeanor.

The controversial 24-year-old was arrested for felony assault in Washington D.C. after allegedly attacking a man outside a hotel and breaking his nose.

Brown had been in custody since, though it's unclear who threw the first punch, and the reduced charge certainly indicates some of that uncertainty.

Law enforcement sources have indicated that the fight started when the man and his friend photobombed Chris, who was posing for a picture with two girls.

The victim says the same in his official statement, claiming he was trying to get a picture with Chris when Brown allegedly said, "I ain't down wit that gay s--t."

The victim says he responded by saying to Chris, "Why you hoing?"

Chris then said, "I feel like boxing" and hit him in the face. Then, he says, he went to square off with Chris when the bodyguard also hit him in the face.

According to the victim, who suffered a broken nose, after the bodyguard punched him, the R&B star got behind the bodyguard, screaming, "Yeah, walk away."

Sources close to Chris insist it wasn't over a photo, though, and that the guy tried to get on Chris' tour bus, and Chris was just trying to stop a trespass.

In his witness statement, Chris DENIES punching the victim and says he was on the bus when the victim tried getting on and his bodyguard "handled it."

Brown, who recently broke up with Karrueche Tran, faces certain jail time if found to be in violation of his probation for beating Rihanna back in 2009.

He could theoretically have his probation revoked without a conviction, but the more likely scenario is that probation officials will see how this plays out.

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i love my country i on ro you too i love you chir brown. to kelly

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Repeter

In Calif even if you are on probation for assault assaulting another person is no big deal. Maybe after he kills somebody, they'll notice the guy is a danger to society.

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I think Chris Brown needs to sit his ass down before he get himself into some real trouble....end up being somebody bitch, yall know Chris ain't built like that.

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oh shut up. Chris brown still better than all y'all. so build a bridge and get over it.

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Any other black ma would get three years in jail. The American justice system - Money gets you free in every case!

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total injustice. cant this guy get arrested and stay in jail? does society have to wait until he actually KILLS someone? this is why blacks have such a bad reputation - you can't ever teach them a lesson...they are allowed to behave like uncaged animals and no one can do anything to them. pathetic.

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@ SoReal

But he is a rich black man so he gets away with it, others just clog up the jails and become a burden on the taxpayers.

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@ SoReal

Caged animals??? You think white people are any good?? Ask the many places y'all go and destroy how they feel. You have some nerve white ppl the most violent on the planet!!! Look at your murderous history. If we are animals we learn ed it from your murdering lynching land stealing ancestors!!!

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see this as a serious warning.

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For a black guy I really like him . He is about the only one that I can stand . I don't know why people get down on him . I hope Breezy is single!!

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@ Kristalweaver

Maybe they get down in him because he beast women and assaults other people. I take it you like women beaters?

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@ J+M

She does

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For a black guy I really like him . He is about the only one that I can stand . I don't know why people get down on him . I hope Breezy is single!!

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Born
Birthplace
Tappahannock, Virginia
Full Name
Christopher Maurice Brown