Chris Brown got a September trial date Wednesday after rejecting a no-jail plea deal in his Washington assault case.
The Grammy winner was close to striking a pact with prosecutors Tuesday, but talks broke down over what he would acknowledge happened during the alleged sidewalk scuffle outside the W Hotel last October.
His camp was pushing for an Alford plea that would have allowed him to maintain his innocence while agreeing prosecutors had sufficient evidence to convict, a source told the Daily News.
Prosecutors want Brown to “accept responsibility,” a source inside the courtroom Wednesday told The News.
“They wanted him to read from a script that wasn’t true,” Brown’s prominent criminal lawyer Mark Geragos told the Daily News after the hearing.
The “Run It” singer, 25, was in court in the nation’s capital wearing white jeans, a black leather jacket and a black tie.
His trial on one count of simple assault was set for Sept. 8.
Sources said the plea deal that expired at noon Wednesday included agreements that he receive no jail beyond time already served and that he be spared any type of supervised release.
One source said prosecutors were willing to waive extra jail because Brown recently spent almost 12 weeks in jail for a probation violated related to the alleged incident in Washington.
Brown is on felony probation for his 2009 beating of Rihanna and was arrested and hauled to the pokey March 14 after he was kicked out of the anger-management rehab program that his Rihanna judge ordered pending resolution of the Washington case.