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Singer Chris Brown's trial date set

Chris Brown is being sued for three million dollars (£1.8 million) by a man who claims he was punched in the face by the singer Chris Brown and his bodyguard during an altercation outside a Washington hotel.

Prosecutors and lawyers for Brown have chosen April 17 as the start date for his trial on a misdemeanour assault charge. Brown's lawyers and prosecutors picked the trial date during a hearing in the Superior Court in Washington. The singer was not present.

Meanwhile, the man, Parker Isaac Adams, filed a civil lawsuit in Washington seeking 1.5 million dollars (£900,000) from Brown and his bodyguard. Lawyers for Parker Isaac Adams said their client's nose was fractured and he had other injuries to his head and face as a result of being punched.

The R&B singer was arrested in October after a man alleged the singer struck him outside the W Hotel when he tried to get in a picture Brown was taking with two other people. When Brown was arrested, the Grammy winner was on probation in California for a 2009 attack on singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend.

Adams said in a telephone interview that he is seeking to recover money for his medical bills which include visits to a plastic surgeon and a breathing specialist. A lawyer for Adams, John C Hayes Jr, said his client is largely seeking money for "pain and suffering."

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.

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