April 23, 2014 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Alleged anti-gay slur looms over Chris Brown trial
Chris Brown, gay news, Washington Blade

Chris Brown (Photo by Eva Rinaldi; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

A 20-year-old Beltsville, Md., man was expected to testify in D.C. Superior Court this week that controversial R&B singer Chris Brown punched him in the face outside D.C.’s W Hotel last October after making a derogatory comment about gays.

Parker Adams, who pressed assault charges against Brown, was expected to appear as the lead prosecution witness at Brown’s trial, which was scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

Brown’s trial was set to take place less than a week after Superior Court Judge Patricia Wynn found Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, guilty of simple assault stemming from the same altercation in which Brown allegedly assaulted Adams.

D.C. police charged Hollosy with assault for allegedly punching Adams in the face seconds after Brown allegedly struck Adams. Hollosy, who didn’t testify at his trial, has said he attempted to prevent Adams from entering a vehicle where Brown was about to enter after leaving the hotel.

Adams was also the lead witness at Hollosy’s trial. He testified that he and his girlfriend, Howard University student Jaylan Garrison, 18, and another female friend arrived at the W Hotel after attending homecoming events at Howard.

He said that when the three saw Brown standing outside the hotel on the sidewalk Garrison and her female friend asked Brown if he would let them pose for a picture with Brown, and Brown agreed.

Adams said he then walked over, introduced himself to Brown with the intent of also posing with Brown in the picture. When Brown ignored him he moved into a position where he would be in the photo, which was being taken by Hollosy, the bodyguard.

That’s when Brown objected and said, “I’m not into that gay shit,” Adams quoted Brown as saying. Seconds later, after the two exchanged words, Brown punched him in the face, Adams testified.

Garrison gave a similar account in her own testimony at Hollosy’s trial. At least one other witness testified that both Brown and Hollosy punched Adams in the face.

With the courtroom packed with friends and fans of Brown’s, and with Los Angeles celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos, who is part of Brown’s defense team, sitting in the audience, testimony about Brown’s “gay” comment appeared to be overshadowed by anticipation over Brown’s upcoming trial.

When asked by the Blade outside the courthouse on April 18 whether he thought anti-gay sentiment could have played some role in Brown’s actions, Geragos said, “I don’t think anybody’s even addressed that. I think that comment – frankly I don’t think that comment was ever made.”

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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