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Grammy-winning R&B singer Chris Brown to face trial on Apr 17

WASHINGTON: A Washington judge has announced April 17, the date for trial of American singer Chris Brown, who faces a misbehavior assault charge stalking from a dispute outside a hotel, ARY News has learnt.

Brown, 24, who is at a California facility undergoing anger management treatment, did not appear at the hearing and was represented by two lawyers.

Brown’s probation was revoked following the Washington incident. A judge in Los Angeles turned down motion by prosecutors to jail Brown because of the assault charge, but ordered him to stay at a treatment facility for substance abuse and anger management.

District of Columbia Superior Court Senior Judge Geoffrey Alprin allowed him to stay in California while he receives the treatment.

The “Look at Me Now” singer was arrested in October for allegedly punching a Maryland man who was trying to get a picture with him, breaking his nose.

Brown has pleaded not guilty and rejected a deal that would have reduced the charge to simple assault. His bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, faces the same charge.

Brown’s lawyers estimated the trial would take two to three days.

Since the 2009 sentence, Brown has been involved in altercations with rapper Drake and his entourage in New York and R&B singer Frank Ocean in a Los Angeles parking lot.

On February 8, 2009, Brown and his then-girlfriend Rihanna, had an argument which escalated into physical violence, leaving Rihanna with visible facial injuries.

Later he was sentenced to five years’ probation, community labor and domestic violence counseling in the case.

During the current year he had already faced two punishments, on  February 14, Chris Brown is being sued for a gang beating on a basketball court. And on February 20, he is being sued over the alleged homophobic beat down.

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