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Chris Brown has been released from custody and his felony assault charge reduced
to a misdemeanor...

Over the weekend Chris Brown was
arrested in Washington DC on suspicion of felony assault after he was accused of
punching an over zealous fan in the face [click here
if you missed that].

Today at his arraignment the charges were reduced to
misdemeanor simple assault because Chris Brown and his bodyguard's version of
what happened is different from the victim's version of what

According to WUSA

The assault happened outside the W Hotel at K and 15th streets at
approximately 4:25 a.m. after an after party, say police.
Brown was in town for an appearance at The Park nightclub, according
to the police report. Brown and his 34-year-old bodyguard, Chris Hollosy, agreed
to take a picture with a fan. According to the police report, the victim tried
to jump in the picture before Hollosy and Brown both punched the victim.
They retreated to their tour bus but stayed on the scene, according
to the police report.
The victim was treated and released from the hospital after
suffering injuries to his face, say police.
The Washington Post reports that Brown's camp denies the story about
taking a photo. Instead, the camp says the victim tried following two women on
the tour bus and that led to the fight.

A misdemeanor battery
charge carries up to 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.

The next
hearing is set for Nov 25th.