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Chris Brown rejects plea deal in Washington assault case

Published 08/01/2014 | 21:13

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 08: Chris Brown (C) leaves court where his attorneys rejected a plea deal that would have found him and his bodyguard guilty of simple assault on January 8, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Brown faces a misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly punching a man in the face in October 2013.  (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
Brown faces a misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly punching a man in the face in October 2013
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 08: Karrueche Tran, Chris Brown's girlfriend, leaves court where Brown's attorneys rejected a plea deal that would have found him and his bodyguard guilty of simple assault on January 8, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Brown faces a misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly punching a man in the face in October 2013.  (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
Karrueche Tran, Chris Brown's girlfriend, leaves court where Brown's attorneys rejected a plea deal that would have found him and his bodyguard guilty of simple assault
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 08: Karrueche Tran, Chris Brown's girlfriend, leaves court where Brown's attorneys rejected a plea deal that would have found him and his bodyguard guilty of simple assault on January 8, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Brown faces a misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly punching a man in the face in October 2013.  (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
Karrueche Tran, Chris Brown's girlfriend, leaves court where Brown's attorneys rejected a plea deal that would have found him and his bodyguard guilty of simple assault

Lawyers for Chris Brown say the singer has rejected a plea deal in a case in which he's accused of hitting a man outside a Washington hotel.

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Chris appeared in a DC court. He and his bodyguard face a misdemeanor assault charge after an October altercation outside the W Hotel.

Speaking outside of court, Chris's lawyer, Danny Onorato, said they had decided not to accept the plea because "Chris Brown's not guilty".

His lawyers say they expect a trial date to be set at another hearing, scheduled for Feburary 20.

At the time he was charged, the Grammy winner was on probation in California for a 2009 attack on singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend. As a result of the charge in Washington, a judge revoked Chris's probation in California.

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