April 24, 2014 at 11:49 am EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Chris Brown trial postponed
Chris Brown, gay news, Washington Blade

R&B star Chris Brown allegedly used an anti-gay slur before punching a man outside the W Hotel. (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.

But testimony by Parker Adams, who pressed assault charges against Brown, has been postponed indefinitely at the request of Brown’s lawyers, who want the trial postponed to give Brown’s bodyguard time to appeal his conviction for assaulting Adams during the same incident.

Brown’s trial was originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, less than a week after Superior Court Judge Patricia Wynn found bodyguard Christopher Hollosy guilty of simple assault stemming from the same altercation in which Brown allegedly assaulted Adams outside the W Hotel on Oct. 27.

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.

Brown has been in jail in Los Angeles since earlier this month on a parole violation charge stemming from a 2009 case in which he was convicted of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. U.S. Marshals transported Brown on a prison flight from L.A. to D.C. last week so he could attend what was expected to be his trial in the Adams assault case.

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 exchange 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.”

Adams has filed a $3 million civil suit against Brown and Hollosy over the alleged assault, saying he suffered pain and suffering, including a fractured nose.

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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