R&B star Chris Brown seems to have gotten lucky again after his felony assault charges were reduced to a misdemeanor Monday afternoon, ABC affiliate WJLA reported. The singer was released on his own recognizance and is due back in District of Columbia court in November. Brown is known for having a fiery temper after he reportedly assaulted on-again, off-again pop star girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown apparently punched a man, who was identified as Parker Isaac Adams, 20, in the face. The area around the victim’s face was bruised and swollen around the nose, according to police. Soon after the altercation broke out, the singer was grabbed by the arm and dragged toward his tour bus.
The Grammy-Award winner reportedly punched Adams after he asked to get a photo with him outside a Washington hotel, police said. According to Adams, he told police that Brown said to him, "I'm not down with that gay s---" and "I feel like boxing." However, the context of the 24-year-old’s remarks is not known.
It’s just the last of a string of run-ins Brown, 24, has had with the authorities. He is best known for hits like “Don’t Wake Me Up” and “Turn Up The Music.”
The altercation apparently happened in front of the W Hotel, which is not far from the White House. Another man, Christopher Hollosy, was also charged with felony assault in the incident that happened just before 4:30 a.m. on Sunday. Hollosy’s charge was also reduced to a misdemeanor simple assault, the news site wrote.
According to celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, Brown was first asked submit to a drug test, but a judge later rescinded that order. Still, he must stay at least 100 yards away from Adams.
Adams was reportedly on a double date when he was hit, his uncle, Creighton Adams, told WJLA. "Parker's not some kind of hoodlum," the uncle said.
Twitter was abuzz after Brown’s charges were reduced and many of his fans seemed happy while others were confused. Check out some of their posts below:
Charges Dropped for Chris Brown ?
— Goddess B (@LoveNunuLove) October 28, 2013
Chris Brown Has Been Released ;)) !!
— -Mommy2Be (@BlahShutUpHoe) October 28, 2013
You break the law, you go to jail. Free Chris Brown for what?
— Dick-Fil-A (@ToxsicBxtch) October 28, 2013
I guess now everyone gon believe Chris Brown is a real gangsta after this incident he say he blood tho lol
— Sequel (@SequelATL) October 28, 2013