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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Chris Brown released from custody

Chris Brown has been freed from custody (AP)

Chris Brown has been freed from custody after facing a judge on a charge that he punched a man who tried to pose in a photograph with him.

Prosecutors reduced a felony assault charge to a misdemeanor as a District of Columbia judge released Brown, who left the courthouse to cheers and flashed a peace sign to supporters after more than a day and a half in custody.

Brown and his bodyguard, Chris Hollosy, were arrested on Sunday outside the W Hotel in Washington after police responded to reports of a fight.

A 20-year-old man told police that he had tried to take a picture with Brown and two women when Brown told him "I feel like boxing", according to charging documents in the case.

The man, identified by police as Parker Isaac Adams of Beltsville, Maryland, said he was punched by both Brown and Hollosy.

Brown's lawyer, Danny Onorato, said outside court that his client committed no crime.

"We understand that his security acted to protect Mr Brown and Mr Brown's property as he was authorised to do under District of Columbia law. We are confident that Mr Brown will be exonerated of any wrongdoing," he said.

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