Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard on trial in DC

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 file photo, singer Chris Brown, center, departs the H. Carl Moultriel courthouse after he was released from jail following his arrest for allegedly punching another man, in Washington. A representative for the R&B star announced Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 that Brown has decided to go to rehab to "gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point." (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

April 17, 2014 7:43:09 AM PDT
Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard is on trial on assault charges in Washington, a case that is a preview for the musician's own trial.

Christopher Hollosy's trial began Thursday in Superior Court.

Both men were arrested in October after a man accused them of punching him outside a Washington hotel. Hollosy told police he punched the man after he tried to get on Brown's tour bus. The man told police Brown and later Hollosy punched him after he tried to get in a photo Brown was taking with two women.

Court papers say the man's nose was fractured.

Hollosy's trial is expected to last one to two days. Brown's trial will follow. Brown has denied punching the man.

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