Chris Brown Turns Down Plea Deal

UPDATED: June 25, 2014 at 3:27 p.m.
ORIGINAL: June 24, 2014 at 1:09 p.m.

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Chris Brown is in Washington for a hearing on the assault charge he faces.

Within 20 minutes of the hearing, Brown turned down a plea deal which would have eliminated extra jail time.  He would have to plead guilty to take the deal.  A new trial date has been set for Sept. 8.

Brown was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault in October, accused of hitting a man outside the W hotel. That man says Brown hit him after he tried to get in a photograph that the singer was taking with two women.

Prosecutors wanted Brown in Washington to face trial. At the time it was set to start, Brown was in a Los Angeles jail after being kicked out of a rehab facility. He was released earlier this month. Brown was still on probation for a 2009 attack on singer Rihanna, his then girlfriend.

Officials are facing criticism for the high cost of transferring Brown from a Los Angeles jail to Washington in April for what was to have been the start of his trial.

WNEW reporter Matt DelSignore is at the D.C. Superior Court and will provide updates.



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