Chris Brown has been released from jail and the felony assault charge he was facing stemming from an alleged assault in Washington, D.C. yesterday (October 27) has been reduced to a misdemeanor from a felony, according to TMZ.com.
The singer also pled not guilty to the charge and is required to stay 100 yards away from the alleged victim in the case, as per TMZ.com.
The assault charge against Brown’s bodyguard was also reduced to a misdemeanor, the site says.
In witness statements obtained by TMZ, Brown denies punching the alleged victim, the site says. Brown says he was on the tour bus when the alleged assault took place and that his bodyguard took care of the situation, as per TMZ.
Earlier today, TMZ.com reported that Brown did not throw the first punch during an altercation in Washington, D.C. yesterday that led to the singer’s arrest on felony assault charges, according to an initial draft of the police report regarding the incident, as per TMZ.com.
The first version of the police report said that Brown’s bodyguard threw the first punch during the incident, which began when the singer was reportedly approached at approximately 4:30 am yesterday by two women who wanted to take a picture with him in front of the W Hotel in Washington, D.C., according to law enforcement, as per TMZ. When two men attempted to get into the photo, Brown allegedly used a gay slur before allegedly throwing a punch at the alleged victim, as per TMZ.com.