*Chris Brown pleaded guilty on Tuesday to socking a man in the grill outside a Washington hotel – while he was on probation for attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to time served. He spent two days in a DC jail in the case.
Brown, 25, admitted that he hit a man who tried to jump in a picture the singer was taking with two women outside the W hotel last October. The victim, Parker Adams, suffered a broken nose.
At the time of the arrest, Brown was on probation in a felony assault case for beating up pop star Rihanna hours before the 2009 Grammy awards. The arrest led a judge in California to revoke his probation, and he was ordered in May to serve an additional 131 days in jail. He was released in June.
Brown’s attorney, Danny Onorato, argued that Brown had already suffered extensive consequences from the Washington case, noting the additional jail time in California and the four months he spent receiving inpatient counseling. He said that Brown’s career has been on hold for nearly a year and that he wanted to take responsibility for his actions so he could go back to work, including a tour in support of a new album.
“To say that he’s been punished severely in this matter is an understatement,” Onorato said.
Brown spoke only briefly, saying: “I would like to say to the court that I’m sorry.” He did not comment as he left court, swarmed by photographers and a handful of fans.
Brown had previously pleaded not guilty in the case. A trial scheduled for April was delayed, and two previous attempts to reach a plea deal fell through. Oronato said there were “nuances” of difference in the potential deals.
“As Chris Brown himself has now finally acknowledged, he punched a man in the face without provocation,” U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said in a statement. “No matter your status or celebrity, you will be held accountable for such conduct in our city.”
Following the hearing, he tweeted “#XTheAlbum,” a reference to his new recording, due out Sept. 16.
Oronato said his client has learned to “be more judicious” in his dealings with the public.
“He’s an incredibly talented and charismatic kid,” Oronato said. “I think he’s misperceived a lot. He’s a wonderful person, and I’m glad this is behind him.”
Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was convicted of misdemeanor assault in April for his role in the same scuffle. He has not yet been sentenced. The victim, Adams, has also filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against Brown and Hollosy.