Chris Brown has been freed after spending more than a day in police custody following an accusation of felony assault.
Brown emerge from a Washington court yesterday flashing a peace sign after he was released from custody following a charge filed when a man accused Brown and his bodyguard of punching him and breaking his nose outside a hotel.
His arrest early on Sunday comes at a crucial time for the singer, who is releasing an album this winter and is under a deadline to complete hundreds of hours of community service to satisfy his sentence for the Rihanna attack.
His day and a half in custody is the longest time the hot-headed singer has spent behind bars and the case represents the most serious claims he has faced since his attack on Rihanna.
Brown left the courthouse to cheers from supporters, some of whom clapped when a judge announced he would be released.
In contrast to Brown's LA court appearances, which routinely happen in the afternoon when his case is the only one on calendar, Brown appeared in a crowded DC courtroom and had to wait until the end of the day to be called and his release granted.
In an interview with police, Brown denied hitting the man and said he was on his tour bus when the victim got into a fight with his bodyguard.
Many of Brown's more than 13 million Twitter followers continue to come to the singer's defence and attack his critics on the site.