Chris Brown rejects plea deal in DC assault case

Chris Brown leaves court where his attorneys rejected a plea deal that would have found him and his bodyguard guilty of simple assault on Jan. 8, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
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WASHINGTON - Lawyers for Chris Brown say the singer has rejected a plea deal in a case in which he's accused of hitting a man outside a Washington, D.C., hotel.

Brown appeared Wednesday afternoon in a D.C. courtroom. He and his bodyguard face a misdemeanor assault charge after an October 2013 altercation outside the W Hotel.

 Speaking outside of court, Brown's lawyer, Danny Onorato said they had decided not to accept the plea because "Chris Brown's not guilty."

His lawyers say they expect a trial date to be set at another hearing, scheduled for Feb. 20.

At the time he was charged, the Grammy winner was on probation in California for a 2009 attack on singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend. As a result of the charge in D.C., a judge revoked Brown's probation in California.