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Singer Chris Brown Expected in DC Court on Assault Charges

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Chris Brown performs on NBC's "Today" show on Aug. 30, 2013 in New York.

Chris Brown performs on NBC's "Today" show on Aug. 30, 2013 in New York.

R&B Singer Chris Brown is expected in court Monday on an assault charge related to a fight with a man outside a hotel near the White House early Sunday police said.

Brown was charged with felony assault at 4:25 a.m. (0825 GMT) after the altercation outside the W Hotel, according to officer Anthony Clay of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department said.

Another man involved in the fight, Christopher Hollosy, 35, was arrested
on the same charge. News reports referred to the second individual as Brown's bodyguard. Clay said he could not confirm Hollosy's relationship with Brown.

According to Clay, the victim was taken to the hospital. The unidentified man was released later Sunday. Police did not give details on his injuries, but said the assault charge was based in part on the level of injuries sustained.

Earlier Saturday night, Brown performed at The Park at 14th, according to the Washington nightclub's website. The event was promoted as part of "Homecoming Weekend" - an apparent reference to Howard University's homecoming. However, a university official denied the performance was sponsored by or affiliated with the school.

Brown has been on probation since 2009 after pleading guilty to assualting singer Rihanna, his then girlfriend. The new arrest could complicate that parole, which was revoked over the summer after Brown was charged with a hit-and-run traffic accident in Los Angeles. The parole was later reinstated after Brown agreed to another 1,000 hours of community labor.

The Los Angeles County Attorney's office has accused Brown of cutting
corners with regard to his community labor sentence, which he was allowed to complete in his home state of Virginia.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.