WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown's assault case is going forward after a judge in Washington on Monday rejected a request to dismiss it.
Lawyers for the Grammy-award-winning singer had argued the case should be dismissed because prosecutors abused the grand jury process to prepare for trial. Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, said prosecutors used the grand jury to "freeze" the testimony of the alleged victim in the case, a man who says Brown and his bodyguard punched him outside a Washington hotel in October.
Geragos called the incident "the most investigated misdemeanor of all time."
But Judge Patricia Wynn agreed with prosecutors that they had a right to use the grand jury to assess the strength of their case.
"I am persuaded that there was no abuse," Wynn said.
Wynn also on Monday ordered that Brown and his bodyguard be tried separately. Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, will start his trial April 17. Brown's trial will begin after Hollosy's ends. Both cases will be decided by a judge, not a jury.
Hollosy is expected to testify during Brown's trial that he is the one who punched the man. Hollosy told police he struck the man when he attempted to get onto Brown's tour bus.