U.S. marshals take custody of Chris Brown for assault trial

U.S. marshals take custody of Chris Brown for assault trial
R&B singer Chris Brown is seen in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, March 17, 2014.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Brown has been taken into custody by U.S. marshals and will be transported to Washington, D.C., for an upcoming misdemeanor assault trial, an official said Thursday.

Brown was turned over to marshals Wednesday at a Los Angeles jail, marshals' spokeswoman Laura Vega said. She declined to say when the Grammy winner would be sent to Washington.

The singer and his bodyguard are accused of hitting a man outside a Washington hotel in October. Brown is set to go on trial later this month.

A judge in Los Angeles sent Brown to jail in mid-March after the singer was dismissed from a court-mandated rehab program for anger management and other issues. Brown was discharged for violating the program's rules.

He was being held without bail and unable to be released for the Washington trial without a court order. Federal prosecutors in Washington obtained a court order last week authorizing the singer's transfer by using the marshals' service.

Defense attorney Mark Geragos had been trying to block Brown's transfer into marshals' custody, arguing it would deprive him of the opportunity to properly prepare for the trial.

A hearing on the motion had been scheduled for Thursday but was canceled.

Geragos wrote in an email that the Marshals Service took Brown into custody just hours after the lawyer filed the motion Tuesday.

Brown, 24, remains under court supervision in Los Angeles for a felony assault case filed after his 2009 attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna.

If convicted in the Washington case, Brown could face additional penalties, including time behind bars, in the attack on Rihanna.

Geragos has sought the dismissal of the misdemeanor assault case, and a hearing on the motion is scheduled for Monday in Washington.