|Released: A smiling Chris Brown is pictured leaving court in Washington, D.C. on Monday|
The website also reports that the 24-year-old has been ordered to stay 100 yards away from the alleged victim. While it is not yet clear why Brown’s charge was reduced, TMZ reports it may be because the injuries were minor.
The victim apparently claims Brown broke his nose but according to the publication, the police have stated that the man was treated for a fractured nasal bone. The original police report allegedly stated that it was Brown’s bodyguard who threw the punch, but the bodyguard's charge has also been reduced to a misdemeanour.
Good news: The singer's assault charge has been reduced from a felony to a misdemeanour
Chris Brown released after assault charge reduced to misdemeanour
|It's not over yet: Brown has been released without bail but has been ordered to stay |
100 yards away from the alleged victim
However there have been conflicting witness accounts and Brown has apparently denied punching the alleged victim, claiming the man tried to board his tour bus and his bodyguard 'handled it'. Brown, who will appear in court again on November 25, has also been accused of making a homophobic slur during the altercation that led to his arrest.
The alleged victim, Isaac Adams Parker, 20, of Beltsville, Maryland, told police the Brown commented: 'I’m not down with that gay s**t,' when he attempted to get into a picture that the singer was taking with a female fan.
|Conflicting accounts: Chris pleaded not guilty. It is unclear whether it was him or |
his bodyguard who threw a punch at the alleged victim, which the victim claimed broke his nose
Parker claims he replied: 'Why you hoing?' and Brown answered: 'I feel like boxing.'
Parker alleges he was punched by Brown and then his bodyguard, and that the singer then went and stood behind the bodyguard and told Parker to 'walk away'.
TMZ further reports that the Los Angeles County Probation Department are now launching an investigation to determine whether the charges violate the terms of the probation he is currently on.
The website claims the Probation Department was informed of the arrest by Brown's lawyer Mark Geragos, and he allegedly could face up to four years in prison if it is decided that his probation should be revoked.
Addressing the press: Brown's attorney Danny Onorato is pictured speaking to media outside the H. Carl Moultriel courthouse
His probation was briefly revoked in July after he was involved in a hit-and-run incident in Los Angeles, but it was later reinstated in August.
The star was charged on May 21 with a misdemeanour hit-and-run and driving without a valid licence following the accident in the San Fernando Valley.
Though he refuted claims by the other driver involved, insisting he 'followed the proper procedures' and exchanged information with the owner despite there being no damage to his car.
After being arrested for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in February 2009, the Turn Up The Music singer pleaded guilty to a felony and accepted a plea deal.
On August 25 he was sentenced to five years' probation, one year of domestic violence counselling and six months' community service, while his five-year restraining order remained.
|Upscale: The incident happened outside the city's plush W Hotel in the early hours of Sunday morning|