Mark Segraves, Bill Hennessy
A judge did not reach a verdict Friday in the assault trial of Chris Brown's bodyguard, delaying the start of the singer's trial until next week. News4's Mark Segraves reports. (Courtroom sketches by Bill Hennessy)
Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard will have to wait until Monday to learn whether he will serve time behind bars for an assault outside a Washington, D.C., hotel.
That delays Brown's trial to 10 a.m. Monday, after the judge finishes the trial of bodyguard Christopher Hollosy.
Both Hollosy and Brown are facing an assault charge after a Maryland man says they punched him outside the W Hotel in October.
During the second day of Hollosy's trial, a judge denied a defense motion to acquit Hollosy as his trial entered its second day Friday.
One of two witness called by the defense testified that a D.C. police officer told the victim he should get a lawyer, adding that he could get money out of the situation.
The defense rested its case shortly after Hollosy told the judge he didn't want to testify on his own behalf. Hollosy is expected to testify in Brown's trial. Otherwise that trial will be very similar to Hollosy's.
Hollosy told police he punched the man after the man tried to get on Brown's tour bus. The man told police a different story: He said Brown and later Hollosy punched him after he tried to get in a photo Brown was taking with two women.
However, on cross-examination, a limo driver who witnessed the incident said he saw Brown throw a punch that grazed the victim's shoulder. He said he then saw Hollosy throw a punch that resulted in blood.
The victim's girlfriend, however, testified that she didn't see the bodyguard punch anyone.
Court papers say the man's nose was fractured. Brown has denied hitting the man.
Several famous faces were seen walking into the courthouse Friday in support of Brown, including Brown's girlfriend Karrueche Tran, singer Tank and rapper Bow Wow.
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Brown made a very brief appearance in court Friday, News4's Mark Segraves reported.
At the time of the alleged assault in D.C., Brown was on probation in California for a 2009 attack on singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend. Soon after his arrest in D.C., he entered rehab for anger management treatment, but was jailed in mid-March after violating the treatment facility's rules.
If convicted in the D.C. case, Brown could face additional penalties, including time behind bars, under the terms of a court order in the Rihanna case.
Last week, a judge ordered that Brown and Hollosy be tried separately. Brown's trial will begin after Hollosy's ends. Both cases will be decided by a judge, not a jury.
A civil case is also in the works. The victim is suing for $3 million for doctors' bills, pain and suffering.
The defense said the victim provoked the fight and now just wants to make money.