Chris Brown appears during a court hearing at Los Angeles Superior court in Los Angeles on July 15, 2013. / AP PHOTO
- Updated 5:25 p.m. ET
- Singer Chris Brown was arrested early Sunday in Washington and charged with felony assault, the Metropolitan Police Department has confirmed to CBS News.
The R&B star is still on probation from his 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna. If Sunday’s arrest is determined to be a violation of his probation, the star could land in prison for up to four years.
D.C. police spokesman Paul Metcalf said the 24-year-old Brown got into a physical altercation with an adult male near the W Hotel located on K and 15th street around 4:25 a.m. local time.
the name of the alleged victim was not released but Metcalf said the man had been released from the hospital as of Sunday afternoon.
Chris Hollosy, a 35-year-old male who was with Brown, was also arrested in the incident and was charged the same. Celebrity news website TMZ.com reported that Brown’s bodyguard was arrested with him, but D.C. police did not discuss the connection between the two men.
TMZ reported the alleged victim said the altercation occurred when he and a friend photobombed two women who were having their picture taken with the star. The alleged victim said Brown became angry, uttered a gay slur and punched him so hard that his nose was broken.
Sources close to Brown, however, said the alleged victim and his friend were trying to board Brown’s tour bus and the “Forever” singer was merely trying to prevent them from trespassing.
Brown has been dealing with legal problems since 2009, when he was arrested for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna and was first placed on probation.
Brown also got involved in highly publicized altercations with fellow singers Drake and Frank Ocean, but no criminal charges were filed in those incidents.
Earlier this month, the promoter of four Chris Brown concerts in Canada scheduled this summer canceled the events after consulting with Brown and in light of his recent personal and health-related issues.
Brown also suffered a seizure earlier this month.