Timeline: Chris Brown, from teen stardom to trouble with the law
In 2005, Chris Brown was 16, he had a No. 1 song on the Billboard charts and was singing and dancing before sold-out arenas across the globe. During the next several years, Brown amassed more hit songs, numerous awards, including a Grammy, an MTV Music Award and a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice award, and had movie and TV roles. But last week, Brown, now 24, arrived in Washington in ankle shackles on a prisoner plane in preparation for his assault trial in D.C. Superior Court.
The trial stems from an Oct 27th incident while Brown was visiting Washington and hosting a party during Howard University's Homecoming weekend. The Los Angeles-based singer and his bodyguard allegedly got into an altercation with a fan seeking a photograph. Brown's attorneys have argued that the singer's bodyguard, Chris Hollosy, 35, who was also charged with misdemeanor assault in the incident, was protecting his boss.
If the judge (no juries in misdemeanor cases, just judges) finds Brown guilty, he faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Also, with a guilty verdict, Brown faces as much as another four years in jail in California for violating his probation from his 2009 case in which he pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna.
Brown and Hollosy will be tried separately. Hollosy's trial began on Thursday; Brown's trial will follow either Friday or Monday.
For fans hoping to catch a glimpse of Brown, he will not be entering the courthouse through the front or back doors as he did for earlier court appearances. Instead, U.S. Marshals will escort him through the court's cell block like other detained defendants.
Here's a brief look at the crescendoed rhythms and calamitous blues of the singer, songwriter and dancer.
GRAPHIC: Keith L. Alexander and Soraya Nadia McDonald - The Washington Post. Published April 17, 2014.