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A charge against Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Chris Brown has been reduced to a misdemeanor and he has been ordered released. Brown made his first appearance in a Washington DC courtroom Monday afternoon. He and his bodyguard had been charged with felony assault after their arrest Sunday following an altercation outside a Washington hotel. The charges were reduced Monday afternoon to simple assault. Brown, 24, and Christopher Hollosy, who had spent the previous 36 hours in jail, were freed without bail. "Christopher Brown committed no crime," his attorney Danny Onorato told reporters after the hearing, according to CNN. "We understand that »

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