WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge convicted singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard of assault Monday following a two-day trial that provided a preview of a similar case against Brown.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Patricia Wynn convicted Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, of a single count of misdemeanor assault. Hollosy’s sentencing is set for June 25. Brown’s trial on the same charge will come before the judge next.
Both men were arrested in October after a Maryland man said Brown and then Hollosy punched him outside a Washington hotel.
Hollosy told police that he punched the man after he tried to get on Brown’s tour bus. The man, 20-year-old Parker Adams, told a different story during the trial that began Thursday and ended Friday. He said Brown and later Hollosy punched him after he tried to get in a photo Brown was taking with two women and the men exchanged words.
Brown told police he didn’t hit Adams and that he was on his tour bus when Hollosy confronted Adams.
Adams has since filed a $3 million lawsuit seeking $1.5 million each from Brown and Hollosy. Hollosy’s lawyer, Bernard Grimm, said in court that Adams is trying to “get rich” as a result of a bloody nose.
Brown’s case is significant for the Grammy winner because if he is convicted he could face additional penalties, including jail time, as a result of an earlier case from California. At the time he was arrested in Washington, Brown was on probation in Los Angeles for beating the singer Rihanna in 2009 when she was his girlfriend.
Brown entered anger management rehab at a facility in California shortly after his Washington arrest, but he was dismissed from the Malibu facility in mid-March for violating its rules. He was then jailed and has been in custody since. He was transported to the Washington area by the U.S. Marshals Service.