Chris Brown Assault Charge Reduced from Felony to Misdemeanor

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Chris Brown received a major break today when the judge lowered his charge from felony assault to misdemeanor assault after allegedly punching a man over the weekend.

Read more about that incident here.

He has pleaded not guilty and TMZ reports he’s been released without bail.

He’s also required to stay 100 yards away from the victim.

Chris had been ordered to take a drug test, but the judge just vacated that order. It’s standard in such cases to order a drug test, but that has been cancelled. The bodyguard’s charge was also reduced to a misdemeanor.

UPDATE:

TMZ has just obtained witness statements, some of which conflict.  Chris DENIES punching the victim.  According to Chris’ statement, he claims he was on his tour bus when the victim tried getting on and his bodyguard “handled it.”

The victim says he was trying to get a pic with Chris and Brown allegedly said, “I ain’t down wit that gay s**t.”  The victim told cops he responded by saying, “Why you hoing?”  Chris then said, “I feel like boxing.”  The victim says Chris then threw the punch and the victim says he then squared off with Chris and then the bodyguard also hit the victim in the face.  

According to the victim, after the bodyguard punched him, Chris got BEHIND the bodyguard and screamed, “Yeah, walk away.”

The police say the victim was treated for a fractured nasal bone.

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