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Charge against Chris Brown reduced to misdemeanor

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In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, Chris Brown arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles. In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, Chris Brown arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles.

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 courtroom Monday afternoon. He had been charged with felony assault after he was arrested Sunday following an altercation outside a Washington hotel.

The charge was reduced Monday afternoon to simple assault.

He has another court appearance on Nov. 25.

THIS IS A STORY UPDATE. Read below for an earlier AP story.

WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia police say singer Chris Brown punched a man who tried to take a picture with him.

Brown, who is due in court Monday afternoon on a felony assault charge, was arrested Sunday outside the W Hotel.

A police report says a man attempted to get into a picture with Brown and two other people. Police say Brown told the man "I feel like boxing."

The man told police Brown punched him in the face. Police say another man stepped between them and also punched the man, identified as 20-year-old Isaac Parker of Beltsville, Md. Parker was released Sunday from a hospital.

Neither Brown's publicists nor his attorney have responded to messages seeking comment.

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