Chris Brown leaves Washington, D.C. court after rejecting plea deal
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 01:16
Chris Brown departs D.C. courthouse after rejecting no jail time plea deal, choosing instead to head to trial in September. John Russell reports.
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Grammy-winning R&B singer Chris Brown rejected a no-jail plea deal on Wednesday (June 25) in his misdemeanor assault case and will go to trial on Sept. 8.
Brown, 25, had failed to agree to the no-jail plea accord by a noon deadline. The deal would have sentenced him to time already served.
Brown's attorney Mark Geragos said it was a decision based on principle.
SOUNDBITE Defense attorney Mark Geragos saying (English):
"They made an offer. The problem with the offer was it was for time served, no jail, no probation but they wanted him to read from a script that wasn't true and he was not going to do that and I was not going to let him do that."
The singer was charged with misdemeanor assault after a 20-year-old man, claimed Brown and his bodyguard punched him and broke his nose when he tried to jump into a photo outside a Washington hotel in October 2013.
The Washington hearing was part of series of scrapes Brown has had with the law.
He was released this month from a Los Angeles jail where he was serving a one-year sentence for violating probation from his 2009 assault of pop singer Rihanna.
Brown had been locked up since March 14 after he was kicked out of court-ordered rehabilitation in California for violating rules.
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