Chris Brown's Trial Delayed
4/21/2014, 12:35 p.m.
Chris Brown's assault trial has been delayed until Wednesday as lawyers regroup after the conviction of the singer's bodyguard, who was to have testified.
Prosecutors are considering whether to grant immunity to bodyguard Christopher Hollosy so that he could testify in Brown's trial.
Minutes before Brown's trial was to have begun in the same court, D.C. Superior Judge Patricia Wynn on Monday morning found Hollosy guilty of assaulting a man on a Washington sidewalk.
Hollosy was not justified in hitting Parker Adams since there was no evidence he was advancing on the singer as he took photos with a fan, the judge said. Wynn, who will also decide Brown's case, said she believed the testimony of a limousine driver who said Brown hit Adams before Hollosy attacked.
Hollosy's case was tried first so that he could freely testify in his boss' defense about the sidewalk fight that landed them both in jail in October. But his attorney said after the guilty verdict that he would appeal the conviction and invoke his client's constitutional rights against self-incrimination.
Prosecutors and the defense lawyer began a discussion about granting immunity to Hollosy that would protect the bodyguard from having testimony in the Brown trial from being used against him in his case. Before the conviction, it was expected that he would testify that he landed the punch that broke Adams' nose and that he did it because it was his job to protect Brown.
Although Brown faces a misdemeanor charge, the singer has a lot riding on Monday's assault trial in Washington.
He could receive probation in the District of Columbia if found guilty, but a Los Angeles judge is waiting on the verdict before deciding whether Brown, 24, will remain jailed in California.
An acquittal would give Brown's attorney a chance to argue that he should be allowed to make his own way back to California for a probation hearing. Otherwise, he'll have to go back the way he came to Washington: on "Con Air," the federal inmate transport system.
Hollosy's attorney, Bernard Grimm, argued in the bodyguard's trial that Adams, 20, was "simply trying to get rich" by accusing Brown and Hollosy of assaulting him.
Howard University student Jalen Garrison testified in the Hollosy trial that she and a friend were posing for photos on the sidewalk with Brown when Adams, her boyfriend, tried to snap his own photo with Brown.
Brown got upset, telling Adams, "I don't like that gay s*," Garrison testified. Brown lunged at Adams, hitting him in the face, she testified.
A limousine driver testified he witnessed Brown and Hollosy hit Adams. The bodyguard pulled Brown away before throwing his own punch, he said. Adams did not hit back, he said.
When asked to rate the power of Brown's punch on a scale of one to 10, Adams scored it a six. Hollosy, he testified, packed a 10.
Adams, who said he earns about $200 a day working at a restaurant, acknowledged that he's suing Brown, potentially seeking millions of dollars for the assault. The lawsuit was filed "because family knew a lawyer in church and that justice should be served," he testified.