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Chris Brown Arrested Outside W Hotel on Assault Charge

The R&B star was arrested outside the W Hotel, and is due in court Monday.

Brown at a 2012 show in Australia. Photograph by Flickr user Eva Rinaldi.

The R&B singer Chris Brown was arrested early Sunday morning on a felony assault charge outside the W Hotel in downtown DC, the Metropolitan Police Department says.

Brown, 24, and a member of his entourage, 35-year-old Christopher Hollosy, were arrested about 4:25 AM after they allegedly got into a brawl with another man outside the hotel at 515 15th St., Northwest, according to Officer Anthony Clay, an MPD spokesman.

The person with whom Brown and Hollosy allegedly scuffled was taken to a local hospital and later released. Police said there were no weapons involved, but did not provide details about the circumstances that led to Brown and Hollosy’s arrests, which were first reported by the gossip website TMZ.

Brown and Hollosy will remain in police custody pending their court appearances Monday morning, Clay says.

Brown was in Washington on Saturday night to host a party at the Park at Fourteenth nightclub as part of Howard University’s homecoming weekend festivities.

The arrest this morning is the latest in a string of run-ins with law enforcement for Brown. The singer is on probation in California for a 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend, R&B star Rihanna, and prosecutors there say he has not completed his court-ordered community service.

Brown and his entourage were also involved in a July 2012 altercation at a New York City nightclub with the rapper Drake.

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Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.