Staff WriterChris Brown’s rejected a plea deal Wednesday on the charge that he hit a man outside a Washington hotel. According to CBS, prosecutors had offered a deal “in which Brown would plead guilty to the misdemeanor assault charge.” Danny Onorato, one of Brown’s lawyers, said the attorneys rejected the bargain because Brown is not guilty of the charge. Brown’s lawyers also said they expect a trial date to be decided at a subsequent hearing, which is scheduled for Feb. 20. Brown’s hearing lasted less than ten minutes, during which Brown did not speak once. He wore “a charcoal three-piece suit and had dark hair." This is a departure from the bleached blond locks he sported when he was arrested with his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, in October. The 24-year-old singer was arrested after a man said Brown struck him when “he tried to get in a picture Brown was taking with two other people.” Hollosy is also accused of striking the same man; Hollosy rejected the same plea deal that Brown was offered. Prosecutors said they will turn over video evidence soon, but did not elaborate on the content. Brown was on probation in California for the 2009 attack on Rihanna when he was charged. Because of this new charge, the judge in December changed the terms of Brown’s probation. He “revoked Brown’s probation in California,” but Brown will still be required to complete community service hours as well as rehab. Brown will return to court on Feb. 10 in California to update on his progress in rehab. The lawyer representing Brown in his California case, Mark Geragos, also took part in Brown’s hearing in Washington. Geragos said Brown’s lawyers will ask that Brown not have to appear in the February hearing because he will lose three days of treatment if he makes the trip.
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