Chris Brown is looking at another tortuous cross-country trip back to Los Angeles, courtesy of the U.S. Marshals Service, followed by months more in jail, courtesy of the guilty verdict in his bodyguard's Washington, D.C., assault case.
Brown, who's also charged with assault related to an October 2013 incident in which a man alleges he was hit by both men while trying to get into a picture with two women outside the singer's tour bus, had his trial delayed indefinitely Wednesday pending Christopher Hollosy's appeal of the verdict that was handed down Monday, the Associated Press reported.
"Indefinitely" is likely to happen in June at the earliest, according to the defense, and might be as far as a year off, prosecutors said.
The R&B artist's legal team had intended to call Hollosy as a witness for the defense, expecting him to say under oath that he was the only one who hit 20-year-old Parker Adams.
However, testimony of that nature could hurt the bodyguard's chances in his own appeal process, as prosecutors have declined to grant him immunity as a witness supporting Brown. Also, prosecutors believe that a single-assaulter story, were he to tell one in the wake of his guilty verdict, would be a lie.
On the stand, Adams labeled Hollosy's punch as a 10, while giving Brown's only a 6, CNN reported.
Hollosy had testified in his trial that he hadn't hit Adams until the man attempted to board Brown's tour bus, putting the singer in jeopardy. Other witnesses contradicted that version of events.
The elephant in the room, of course, is Brown's probation status in the 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna. Up to four years behind bars is looming if the singer, who pleaded guilty to that felony, is found to have violated probation.