Chris Brown has been taken into custody by U.S. marshals and will be transported to Washington, D.C., for an upcoming misdemeanor assault trial, an official said Thursday.
News4 has learned that Brown was removed from a Los Angeles cellblock on Tuesday by U.S. Marshals, and taken to the San Bernadino County jail, where he's awaiting transport to the District.
Brown and his bodyguard were accused of punching a 20-year-old Beltsville, Md., man in October. The singer's trial is expected to be begin in D.C. April 17, following pre-trial hearings.
Brown's attorney Mark Geragos had been trying to block Brown's transfer into marshals' custody, arguing it would deprive him of the opportunity to properly prepare for the trial.
The news that U.S. marshals had taken custody of Brown was revealed only after the cancellation of a hearing in Los Angeles that had been scheduled for Thursday. The hearing would have allowed a judge to hear a motion by Brown's defense attorney to block the custody transfer. However, that hearing was abruptly cancelled.
Geragos also wanted to bring his client to D.C. on a private flight, but it looks like that's not going to happen.
Brown's prosecutors have asked a judge to dismiss the case.
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The charge stems from an incident that took place around 4:30 a.m. last Oct. 27, when the singer was allegedly involved in a scuffle outside the W Hotel on 15th Street NW, near the White House.
The alleged victim said Brown hit him after he attempted to get into a photo with Brown. According to a police report, 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.
Brown and his bodyguard, 35-year-old Chris Hollosy, were initially charged with a felony because police said the severity of the charge was based in part on the extent of the victim's injuries -- but the charge was knocked down to a misdemeanor simple assault charge the following evening, after Brown and Hollosy spent much of two days in a D.C. jail.
When Brown first appeared in D.C. court, it led to a wild scene. The courtroom was so crowded that it was standing-room only. U.S. Marshals had to order spectators to leave and request that an overflow courtroom be opened.
When he left the courthouse, it was to shouts of "Free Chris." He waved to fans as he left.
Brown had been on probation since his conviction for attacking his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, in February 2009. His probation was then revoked.
If convicted in the Washington case, Brown could face additional penalties, including time behind bars.
After his D.C. trial, Brown will be due back in L.A. for a probation violation hearing, where he could face additional penalties and time in jail, Good reported.