A Washington, D.C. judge has granted prosecutors permission to haul embattled singer Chris Brown from a Los Angeles jail to stand trial in the capital for a misdemeanour assault charge.
The R&B star was placed behind bars in California earlier this month (Mar14) after he was asked to leave a Malibu rehabilitation center, where he had been seeking anger management treatment as part of a court-ordered stay for a probation violation, relating to a fight outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. last October (13). The 24-year-old singer and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy both stand accused of punching the alleged victim.
Brown's lawyers filed a motion on Wednesday (26Mar14) to have the case dismissed, but it appears the judge is refusing to do so. Instead, he has approved an order to have the Kiss Kiss hitmaker escorted to court in Washington by a U.S. Marshal.
However, the jail transfer cannot be completed until the Los Angeles judge overseeing his probation case signs off on the release, according to TMZ.com.
Brown's trial date has been set for 17 April (14). He has pleaded not guilty, but if convicted, he faces up to four years behind bars.
His probation stems from a 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.