WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Brown is accused of punching a man who says he tried to get into a photo with the singer outside a hotel, according to police, the latest legal trouble for the Grammy Award-winning artist.
The 24-year-old singer is expected to appear in court Monday on a felony assault charge. Another man, Christopher Hollosy, also was charged with felony assault in the altercation that started just before 4:30 a.m. Sunday, police say. It happened near the W Hotel, not far from the White House.
Police would not say how Hollosy and Brown may have known each other.
The altercation began after the man tried to get into a picture with Brown and two other people, according to his account in the police report, which also quotes the man as saying Brown told him, "I'm not down with that gay s---" and "I feel like boxing." The exact context of Brown's remarks was not immediately clear.
The man told police Brown punched him in the face, and police say the area around his nose was swollen and bruised. Another man stepped between them and also punched the man before grabbing Brown by the arm and leading him toward the tour bus, according to the report.
Brown and Hollosy, 35, were being held pending a court hearing Monday.
The two men are not named in the police report, which refers only to "S1" and "S2" and their ages and physical descriptions. But police department spokesman Anthony Clay confirmed Monday that "S1" in the report's narrative referred to Brown, while "S2" referred to Hollosy.
Neither Brown's publicists nor his attorney Mark Geragos responded to messages left Sunday. A local lawyer for Brown did not immediately return a message Monday seeking comment, and Hollosy's attorney declined comment Monday ahead of the court appearance.
Police identified the man who was punched as 20-year-old Parker Isaac Adams after an initial police report indicated a slightly different name.He was released Sunday from a hospital and did not immediately respond to a message left at a number listed for him.
His uncle, Creighton Adams, said he was told by the victim's father that Parker Adams was out on a double date when he was punched.
"Parker's not some kind of hoodlum," Creighton Adams said.
Abraham Luakabuanga of Tysons Corner, Va., who runs a small limousine company, said he saw two women and a man approach Brown after he left the hotel and begin taking photographs of the singer. He said the situation soon devolved into a fight involving Brown and a man who appeared to be his bodyguard. He said he heard words exchanged but declined to give more details.