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Chris Brown rejects plea deal in D.C. court

Both sides agreed to meet again on February 20. That would give both legal teams ample time to review the evidence once it is available and negotiate a possible plea deal.

Brown’s lawyers have requested a waiver of appearance for him for the February court date, citing the singer’s current enrollment in rehab for anger management. To appear in court would cause Brown to miss up to three days of treatment, his lawyers argued, delaying his completion of the program.

Brown faces 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 if convicted in Washington, but the singer’s real legal troubles are in California. Brown has been on probation for charges stemming from 2009, when he brutally attacked his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

A judge in California recently revoked Brown’s probation, but since Brown was already in a treatment program for anger management and completing his community service requirements, it had limited immediate effect.

The charges against Brown in Washington could influence the judge’s decision on whether or not the R&B sensation has to serve jail time once he completes his rehabilitation.

His next court date in California is set for February 10, presumably before his legal woes in Washington will be settled.

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