Chris Brown Arrested After Alleged Homophobic Assault
Updated Monday at 4:51 p.m. PST
Has anyone gotten more lucky breaks than Chris Brown? (Well, besides Lindsay Lohan??)
Brown's felony assault charge has been reduced to a misdemeanor.
Chris Brown just got cut a big break ... the assault charge has just been reduced from a FELONY to a MISDEMEANOR ... and Chris pled not guilty. Chris has just been released without bail. He's also required to stay 100 yards away from the victim.
Chris had been ordered to take a drug test, but the judge just vacated that order. It's standard in such cases to order a drug test, but that has been cancelled.
We're not legal experts, but we'd assume that the charges being reduced to a misdemeanor also means that Brown will most likely not be cited for violating his parole? Any legal eagles care to chime in on that one?
Chris Brown could be headed to jail as a result of felony assault charges that he now faces after allegedly breaking a man's nose and yelling a homophobic statement at the victim. The incident occurred around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday in Washington D.C. outside of Brown's hotel.
The alleged victim tells TMZ ... he and a friend were hanging out at the W when they saw 2 women about to take a picture with Brown. The victim -- who says he's not a Chris Brown fan -- says he and his buddy photo bombed the 2 women and Chris went nuts, punching him in the face and BREAKING HIS NOSE. He went to the hospital and says he may need surgery as early as tomorrow.
Law enforcement sources and the alleged victim tell TMZ ... before striking the man, Chris said, "I'm not into this gay s**t, I'm into boxing." After Chris punched the man, the fight was taken to the ground.
Sources connected with Chris tell TMZ ... the alleged victim is full of BS. He was NOT trying to take a pic with Chris ... he was trying to get on Chris' tour bus, and Brown was simply trying to stop a trespass.
The alleged victim tells TMZ he doesn't understand why Brown was "so homophobic" to hurl such a slur. And get this ... the victim says he would have accepted an apology at the scene, but now he will absolutely press charges -- and he's already hired a lawyer.
Brown is currently on probation for his previous 2009 assault on Rihanna. This latest incident, if seen as a violation of his probation, could see him facing up to four years in prison. He's currently in jail and is scheduled for a court hearing on Monday.
Think Brown is headed to prison, Instincters?