*The bodyguard of singer Chris Brown has been found guilty on a D.C. assault charge, reports the Associated Press. (Brown’s trial is expected to begin later today.)
The judge in the case ruled that Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, “was not justified” in punching a man outside a D.C. hotel in October.
Both Hollosy and Brown were charged with misdemeanor assault in the incident.Hollosy told police he punched the 20-year-old Beltsville, Md., man after the man tried to get on Brown’s tour bus outside the W Hotel near the White House. The man told police a different story: He said Brown and later Hollosy punched him after he tried to get in a photo Brown was taking with the victim’s girlfriend and a female friend.
A limo driver who witnessed the incident said he saw Brown throw a punch that grazed the victim’s shoulder. He said he then saw Hollosy throw a punch that resulted in blood. News4′s Mark Segraves reports the judge’s ruling relied largely on the testimony of the limo driver.
“There was not evidence that Mr. Parker [the victim] was advancing on Mr Brown,” the judge said Monday.
The victim’s girlfriend, however, testified that she didn’t see the bodyguard punch anyone. Court papers say the man’s nose was fractured.