- Created on 28 October 2013
In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, Chris Brown arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chris Brown is accused of punching a man in the face after the man said he tried to get into a photo with the singer outside a hotel, according to police, the latest legal trouble for the Grammy Award-winning artist.
The singer is expected to appear in court Monday on a felony assault charge. Another man, Christopher Hollosy, 35, also was charged with felony assault in the altercation that started just before 4:30 a.m. Sunday, police say. It happened near the W Hotel, not far from the White House.
Police would not say how Hollosy and Brown may have known each other.
The altercation began after the man tried to get into a picture with Brown and two other people, according to the police report, which also quotes Brown as telling the man, "I'm not down with that gay s---" and "I feel like boxing." The exact context of Brown's remarks was not immediately clear.
The man told police Brown punched him in the face, and police say the area around his nose was swollen and bruised. Another man stepped between them and also punched the man, identified as Isaac Parker, 20, of Beltsville, Md., before grabbing Brown by the arm and leading him back to the tour bus, according to the report.
Parker was released Sunday from a hospital. He did not immediately respond Monday to a message left at a number listed for him.
Brown and Hollosy were being held pending a court hearing Monday.
The two men are not named in the police report, which refers only to "S1" and "S2" and their ages and physical descriptions. But police department spokesman Anthony Clay confirmed Monday that "S1" in the report's narrative referred to Brown, while "S2" referred to Hollosy.
Neither Brown's publicists nor his attorney Mark Geragos responded to messages left Sunday.
Brown was in Washington to perform Saturday night at an event billed as a "Homecoming Weekend" party at a downtown club. Howard University was celebrating its homecoming, though a university spokeswoman said the party was not sponsored by or affiliated with the school.
Brown remains on probation for assaulting his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 just before the Grammy Awards. The photos of Rihanna's bruised face caused outrage among many fans. Brown pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault and received five years' probation.
His probation was briefly revoked earlier this year after a traffic accident. A hit-and-run charge was dropped against him, but the judge gave him 1,000 more hours of community service when he reinstated his probation.
Brown, who lives in Los Angeles and is originally from Virginia, has been involved in other altercations since 2009. Police have said a 2012 brawl at a New York nightclub began when members of rapper Drake's entourage confronted Brown on the dance floor. Neither was charged in the fight that turned into a bottle-throwing free-for-all.
Brown also tussled with singer Frank Ocean and others during an argument about a parking space outside a recording studio in Los Angeles, according to witness accounts given to deputies at the time. Ocean said he suffered an injured finger, but no charges were filed.
Brown's arrest could affect his probation in the Rihanna assault case. Brown is due back in court Nov. 20 in Los Angeles to update a judge on his probation. Prosecutors could seek a revocation of his probation or ask a judge to impose additional penalties.
Steve Cron, a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, said prosecutors and a judge may wait to see how the Washington case plays out before taking any action against Brown.
"Just the fact that some guy says 'he hit me' doesn't mean he's in violation" of his probation, Cron said.
The potential penalties would depend on the exact wording of Brown's sentence, he said.
- Created on 28 October 2013
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- Created on 25 October 2013
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- Created on 24 October 2013
Film maker and co-founder of film festival Mark Harris
This is a wonderful event that Mark Harris, a Chicago-based filmmaker produces each year to help support, promote and encourage filmmakers. The Englewood Film Festival will showcase in Chicago's infamous Englewood neighborhood.
Chicago's Englewood community gave birth to Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Derrick Rose, and Harris. Even this writer claims Englewood (Born on 61st and Langely and my Grandmother called Englewood home my entire life). For these reasons and many more, we applaud the Englewood International Film Festival, which is celebrating its 3rd year October 24-27. We got a chance to talk with the festival producer about his passion for promoting films and Englewood.
Bean Soup Times: Why did you decided to do this festival?
Mark Harris: It was an idea circulating in my head for quite some time. We were filming our film Black Butterfly and the c-founder Alisa Inez and I were having a discussion and she asked what else do I have on the plate. I told her about the idea for this festival and within months we were in planning for the Englewood Film Festival ribbon cutting event in 2010.
Bean Soup Times: Why did you choose the Englewood community?
Mark Harris: First it's because I'm from Englewood and art and entertainment are powerful tool if used properly can change a condition of a people.
Bean Soup Times: What do you hope comes from it?
Mark Harris: The residents of Englewood is living in an environment where Freedom, Justice, Equality and Peace are the order of the day.
Bean Soup Times: Why is it important for us to tell our own story?
Mark Harris: Because if we give that control to anyone else we would be non-existent. I wouldn't call myself a promoter of black films. I've produced films starring Latino and White actors. So, I don't want misinform the people or have them to think I've only produced. or produce or promote black films and if they look at my filmography they will clearly see that's not the case and I'd be setting myself up to be a liar. So, a better would be how has the NOI influenced my desire to produce films. The integrity, discipline, do for self, strict diet that allows you to think and act accurately.
Bean Soup Times: What types of films can the public expect at the 3rd Annual Englewood International Film Festival?
Mark Harris: Great films. Films starring Darrin Henson, Lamman Rucker, Kevin Hart, Abagail Breslin, Bill Cobbs, Mekhi Phifer and many more. The films we select aren't only entertaining, but look to walk away with something special from them. I'm from Chicago, and Englewood is known as one of the poorest neighborhoods.
Bean Soup Times: Given the location, why should people outside of Englewood attend the festival?
Mark Harris: Because we have a great film festival. Wholefoods is coming to Englewood and you will for sure have people from different areas coming to shop there because you can get your organic foods and foods that are better for you at Wholefoods and will come for that. Well, The Englewood International Film Festival has been an amazing experience for people the last two years with not one incident. Because we have a beautiful film festival, with amazing free panels that keep people inform and amazing films. So, those are great reasons to support this film festival.
Bean Soup Times: Tell us about some of the panelists?
Mark Harris: Sharon King who was casting director Rollbounce, Barbershop; Craig Harris, television producer for the First 48; Christopher Producer who's has gotten national distribution for all of his films and currently has a new film Four Seasons starring Robin Givens and Keith Robinson, Brett Jeffries an associate producer at Harpo Studios. And Ricardo Islas, who has produced over 20 feature films and one of the top horror directors of our time. We have many more amazing panelists that are down to earth and informative.
Bean Soup Times: How do you get tickets for the festival?
Mark Harris: Visit out site at www.eiff.org. Thank you very much and many blessing.