Chris Brown's uncle is defending his nephew, after a felony charge against Brown was reduced to a misdemeanor at a court hearing. News4's Shomari Stone reports.
Attorneys for Chris Brown are headed to D.C. Superior Court Friday afternoon in an attempt to get a judge to waive Brown's appearance at a status hearing scheduled for Monday.
The R&B star was ordered back to three months of rehab by another judge Wednesday, although it's unclear whether Brown has already entered a new facility.
The Grammy winner had been ejected from a previous facility for throwing a rock through his mother's car window Nov. 10, following a joint counseling session in which she suggested the singer remain in treatment, according to a letter submitted by the rehab facility.
The facility's name was not included in court filings.
Brown faces a misdemeanor simple assault charge in D.C., stemming from an altercation between Brown and his bodyguard, Chris Hollosy, with a 20-year-old Beltsville, Md., man outside D.C.'s upscale W Hotel.
The charges against Brown and Hollosy -- initially a felony -- were reduced to a misdemeanor late Oct. 28, after star spent much of the previous weekend in custody. Brown did not enter a plea to the misdemeanor.
He faces up to 180 days in jail if convicted.
The incident began in the early-morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 27 when the alleged victim tried to get into a picture with Brown and two other people, Sunday, according to a police report.
According to that document, Brown told the man, "I'm not down with that gay [expletive]" and "I feel like boxing."
The victim received treatment for his injuries at a local hospital and was released. He told NBCWashington that he suffered a broken nose and may need surgery.
However, court documents show that there are conflicting stories about whether Brown himself was involved in the fight.
"Mr. Brown committed no crime," Brown's attorney, Danny Onorato, said shortly after the Oct. 28 hearing. "We understand that his security staff acted to protect Mr. Brown and his property as is authorized by District of Columbia law."
The D.C. charge could further snarl the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer's ongoing legal troubles.
Brown is still on probation for his 2009 attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna.