Chris Brown has been freed from custody, after previously spending the night in jail along with his bodyguard. His initial felony assault charge stemming from his Sunday, October 27 arrest has also been reduced by a judge to misdemeanor or a simple assault.
Chris pled not guilty, appearing in court with hands and legs shackled on Monday. Chris' mother and fellow artist Trey Songz came to support him. Some fans were seen holding up handwritten signs outside the Washington, D.C. courtroom to show their support as well.
The "Fine China" singer is ordered to report to his California probation officer within 48 hours and to stay 100 yards away from the alleged victim. He is scheduled to return to court along with his bodyguard for their next arraignment on November 25.
Chris was accused of punching another male outside the W hotel over the weekend. The singer allegedly flipped out when the man photobombed him while he was taking a picture with two females. Chris reportedly hurled a racial slur before punching him in the face.
But Chris' source denied the allegations, claiming that it was the other man's fault. He forced his way onto Chris' bus and the singer was just trying to stop the trespasser. The man, identified as 20-year-old Parker Isaac Adams, was reportedly treated with a broken nose.
"Christopher Brown committed no crime," his attorney Danny Onorato said after the hearing. "We understand that his security acted to protect Mr. Brown and his property, as he is authorized to do under District of Columbia law. We are confident that Mr. Brown will be exonerated of any wrongdoing."
Chris is still on probation related to his 2009 physical altercation with then-girlfriend Rihanna. The probation was revoked earlier this year following a hit-and-run allegation against the singer, but it was later reinstated with the modification of 1,000 more hours of community labor.