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U.S. Marshall Escorts Chris Brown To D.C. To Face Assault Charges

So much for Chris Brown's request to travel on his own.

The embattled artist, who's been in jail since March 14, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals today in advance of his trip to Washington, D.C., to stand trial on a charge of misdemeanor assault stemming from a fight in October. Brown is accused of breaking another man's nose after the guy tried to squeeze into a picture with the R&B star and some female fans.

A hearing that had been scheduled for today in Los Angeles was abruptly canceled, though a judge did issue a ruling on Brown's attorney Mark Geragos' request that his client be released from custody before flying out to D.C.

While a "transfer may cause some inconvenience for [Brown] and his attorneys, it does not deprive [Brown] of his rights to counsel" as his attorney argued, read the ruling issued by L.A. Superior Court Judge James Brandlin.

A U.S. Marshals spokesperson confirmed to E! News that Brown was taken out of jail last night and is currently in their charge and will be transferred to D.C. by Monday.

The D.C. trial is scheduled to start April 17. If convicted, Brown is facing a maximum sentence of 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

He was jailed in L.A. after once again being accused of violating the probation terms set after his assault conviction in 2009 involving Rihanna. Brandlin had ordered Brown to remain at a residential treatment facility, but the F.A.M.E. artist was asked to leave the morning of March 14, after which a warrant was immediately issued for his arrest.

A hearing on his probation issues is scheduled for April 23 in L.A.

Geragos told E! News Tuesday that he was on his way to see his client, who was still at Men's Central Jail in downtown L.A. at the time, that Brown was "good."
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