Chris Brown Trial To Begin April 17 In D.C.

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Singer Chris Brown will not be present during a hearing on an assault charge in Washington. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Singer Chris Brown will not be present during a hearing on an assault charge in Washington. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Prosecutors and lawyers for singer Chris Brown have chosen April 17 as the start date for his trial on a misdemeanor assault charge.

Brown’s lawyers and prosecutors picked the trial date Thursday during a hearing in Superior Court in Washington. Brown was not at the hearing.

The R&B singer was arrested in October after a man said the singer struck him outside the W Hotel after a Howard University homecoming event when he tried to get in a picture Brown was taking with two other people.

WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves has seen video of the incident and says “there’s nothing there.”

When Brown was arrested, the Grammy winner was on probation in California for a 2009 attack on singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend. The singer’s attorneys told the judge that prosecutors in Los Angeles are awaiting resolution on the charges in Washington before proceeding with a parole violation hearing.

Brown last appeared in court in Washington in January. At that hearing, one of Brown’s lawyers told a judge that Brown has rejected a plea deal. Crowd control has been an issue the last two times the singer has appeared at the D.C. courthouse.

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