WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Madhouse at the DC courthouse today as superstar singer Chris Brown turned up for a hearing on his assault charge.
His celebrity lawyer rejected a plea deal for now. WUSA9's Bruce Leshan was in the courtroom.
The troubled singer Chris Brown left re-hab for this hearing on the alleged assault outside his tour bus in DC. But his lawyers say they want a look at the surveillance tape the prosecutors have, before decide whether to cop a plea.
The founding fathers said we are all created equal. But celebrities still seem to get special treatment. Dozens of US Marshals pushed and shoved reporters and photographers to get Chris Brown in and out of the courtroom. Scores of his fans screamed just for a look at him.
"I love you. I love you," screams one fan.
Police say the singer and his bodyguard punched a man in the face when the man photo-bombed a picture Brown was posing for with two female fans just before Halloween. The charge led a California judge to revoke Brown's probation for assaulting his former girlfriend, the singer Rihanna.
Brown's legal exposure in that case could be one of the reasons his celebrity lawyer, Mark Geragos, rejected the prosecutors offer of a plea deal to simple assault.
Brown looked healthy and calm in the courtroom, laughing and joking with his lawyers but he faces as much as 180 days in jail, a $1,000 fine in this case and perhaps even more time back in jail --and picking up litter-- in the attack on Rihanna.
His lawyers insist he is completely innocent in the DC assault and that it was the bodyguard simply trying to keep the alleged victim off his tour bus. But some people outside the courthouse wonder why he gets so much attention.
"He's just a regular person, he's a criminal. He don't need security like that," says a man who did not want to be identified.
The judge set February 20th as the next date for a hearing in the case here in DC. But she told Brown he didn't have to be here for it. And the lawyers hinted the whole thing could be pleaded out before that.