Chris Brown was arrested in Washington D.C. this morning for FELONY assault after allegedly attacking a man outside a hotel ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... at around 4:30 AM Brown got into an argument with a man outside the W Hotel on K Street and allegedly punched him once in the face. We're told the alleged victim never threw a punch.
The alleged victim tells TMZ ... he and a friend were hanging out at the W when they saw 2 women about to take a picture with Brown. The victim -- who says he's not a Chris Brown fan -- says he and his buddy photo bombed the 2 women and Chris went nuts, punching him in the face and BREAKING HIS NOSE. He went to the hospital and says he may need surgery as early as tomorrow.
Law enforcement sources and the alleged victim tell TMZ ... before striking the man, Chris said, "I'm not into this gay s**t, I'm into boxing." After Chris punched the man, the fight was taken to the ground.
Sources connected with Chris tell TMZ ... the alleged victim is full of BS. He was NOT trying to take a pic with Chris ... he was trying to get on Chris' tour bus, and Brown was simply trying to stop a trespass. The sources say before the incident the 2 girls tried to get on the bus but they were stopped, and that's when the victim and his friend made their move.
Law enforcement sources say Chris did not appear to be under the influence of anything.
Chris and his bodyguard -- who was also arrested -- will stay in jail today. Under DC law Brown can't get bail so he'll appear before a magistrate Monday, and until then he'll stay behind bars.
The alleged victim tells TMZ he doesn't understand why Brown was "so homophobic" to hurl such a slur. And get this ... the victim says he would have accepted an apology at the scene, but now he will absolutely press charges -- and he's already hired a lawyer.
Brown is still on probation in the Rihanna beating case and this could be grounds for violating his probation -- which means he could be sentenced to prison for nearly 4 years ... worst case scenario for him.
Before the incident, Chris had been hosting a party (pic below) at the nearby Park and 14th nightclub.
B.o.B: 99% of the people hating on him wouldn’t even be able to handle being in his situation… which is why everybody isn’t a celebrity. I understand, ppl gotta talk about something. You know how many cousins and associated of mine get locked up frequently, I still don’t judge them nor wish worse things upon them. But bcuz someone is a “celebrity” it’s cool to wish the worst things imaginable on them… #entertainment. Y’all lay off my n-gga Chris!! Gossip, Envy, Hate, etc all come with the territory… and so does my freedom to speak on it!!
Marc Lamont Hill (CNN political analyst/ Host of HuffPost Live): This latest news about Chris Brown is troubling me, on many levels. I need to think about it more but it’s really bothering me…Chris Brown reminds me of the dangers of what @estherarmah calls “untreated trauma.” I feel sad for the people he hurts, but also for him. Even if the latest accusations are untrue, it is clear that Chris is dealing with all sorts of unresolved pain & anger. It’s crippling him. The people hurt by Chris Brown, or any of us, deserve justice. Unequivocally. But Chris also needs to find spaces and places to truly heal.