Singer Chris Brown rejected a plea deal on his misdemeanor assault charges in D.C. court Wednesday.

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The plea deal would have allowed Brown, 25, to avoid more jail time, having already served four months in connection with the case.

Brown was arrested outside of a Washington hotel last October and charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly hitting a fan who jumped into a photo with Brown and two women.

It’s still unclear whether Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, will have to testify against him. Hollosy has already been convicted in the assault, but he will not be sentenced until November.

In court, Judge Patricia Wynn suggested she’s hopeful a plea deal can be reached before Brown’s trial, which is scheduled for Sept. 8.