Plea deal talks fall apart in Chris Brown case

Chris Brown arrives at the D.C. Courthouse in Washington June 25, 2014. Brown is appearing in regard to a misdemeanor assault charge and must be present for a plea deal. Reuters

Singer Chris Brown was close to a plea deal in his assault case that would have kept him out of jail, but the talks fell apart when prosecutors and defense attorneys couldn't agree on what he would acknowledge happened last year.

Brown was arrested in October outside a hotel and charged with misdemeanor assault. A fan accused the singer of hitting him when he tried to get in a photograph Brown was taking with two women. At the time, Brown was on probation for a 2009 attack on singer Rihanna, his then girlfriend. The two have been reportedly involved since then but not as of late.

He was released from jail earlier this month. On the day of his release, he tweeted: "Humbled and Blessed."

Prosecutor Kevin Chambers said Wednesday they offered a deal for Brown to plead guilty to simple assault and time served in the Washington case. But the Grammy-winning singer's attorney, Mark Geragos, said defense lawyers and prosecutors couldn't agree on a statement of facts about what happened outside the W hotel.

"They wanted him to read from a script that wasn't true," Geragos said after the hearing. The attorney did not say specifically what the disagreement was over.

Brown was in court Wednesday, wearing white jeans, a white shirt, a leather jacket and a black tie.

His trial was scheduled for Sept. 8.

Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was also charged in the same Washington scuffle. He was accused of being the second person after Brown to strike Parker Adams.

Hollosy was convicted of misdemeanor assault in April. He has not yet been sentenced.

Brown had been readying his sixth studio album, "X," but there's no word on an release date yet. The set follows his 2012 studio release, "Fortune." He's out with a video for the single "Loyal," featuring Chris Lil Wayne and Tyga.

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