Judge rejects request to dismiss Chris Brown case

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2014 file photo, R&B singer Chris Brown arrives at a Los Angeles Superior Court for a probation review hearing in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said that Brown was arrested on an unspecified warrant on Friday, March 14, 2014. The 25-year-old singer remains on probation for his 2009 attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna and has been in court-ordered rehab for several months. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, file)

April 7, 2014 12:05:45 PM PDT
Singer Chris Brown's assault case is going forward after a judge in Washington rejected a request to dismiss it.

Lawyers for the Grammy-award-winning singer had argued the case should be dismissed because prosecutors misused the grand jury process to prepare for trial. But a judge said Monday she did not believe there was any abuse.

Brown and his bodyguard were arrested in Washington in October and are accused of punching a man outside a Washington hotel. His trial on the misdemeanor assault charge is set for April 17. Brown's lawyers and a government prosecutor are expected to be in court later Monday for an additional hearing. Issues to be discussed include whether Brown will be barred from claiming self-defense.

Brown's case will be heard by a judge, not a jury.