Charge against Chris Brown reduced to misdemeanor

WASHINGTON (AP) — A charge against Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Chris Brown has been reduced to a misdemeanor and he has been ordered released.

Brown made his first appearance in a Washington courtroom Monday afternoon. He had been charged with felony assault after he was arrested Sunday following an altercation outside a Washington hotel.

The charge was reduced Monday afternoon to simple assault.

He has another court appearance on Nov. 25.