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Chris Brown Charges Reduced, But Rihanna Probation Still a Problem

Chris Brown is led out of court flanked by his lawyer after assault charges were reduced.

Chris Brown is led out of court flanked by his lawyer after his assault charge was reduced.

Chris Brown got a break in District of Columbia court today (Oct 28) after prosecutors reduced his felony assault charge to a misdemeanor and released him without bail. Brown pleaded not guilty but is still in danger of violating his probation, if convicted of the lesser charge.

The case became murkier after Brown and his cohorts alleged that the victim, Isaac Adam Parker, 20, of Beltsville, Md., and friends tried to get on the tour bus.

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Brown and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy, 35, allegedly tried to prevent them from boarding the bus, and the fracas broke out, according to Brown’s version of events.

Parker claims he was just trying to get in on a fan photo with Brown, when the singer made a homophobic remark and said he felt like boxing. He then allegedly punched Parker in the face. Hollosy also allegedly struck the victim.

Parker claimed that Brown said, “I’m not down with that gay s**t, I’m into boxing,”

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Brown was initially charged with felony assault and jailed. But as TheImproper first reported yesterday (Oct. 27) the charge would only stick if the victim suffered “serious bodily injury.”

Under D.C. law that is defined as “bodily injury that involves a substantial risk of death, unconsciousness, extreme physical pain, protracted or obvious disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty.”

The judge apparently determined that the injuries did not warrant the more serious charge, according gossip site TMZ. Brown is also required to stay 100 yards away from the victim.

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The police say the victim was treated for a fractured nasal bone, according to TMZ.

Under the more serious charge, Brown faced a maximum fine of $3,000 and/or up to three years in jail if convicted. As it is he could still up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail, according to DC law.

But his real problem lies in California where he is still on probation for his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna. One of the terms of the probation requires him to comply with all laws.

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A misdemeanor conviction would be enough for the court to revoke his probation and send him to jail for up to four years. But the charge makes it easier for Brown to buy his way out of the case with a cash settlement.

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