LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service has taken R&B singer Chris Brown into custody to transport him to Washington, D.C., for his upcoming misdemeanor assault trial.

Marshals spokeswoman Laura Vega says Brown was transferred into the agency’s custody from a Los Angeles jail on Wednesday. She declined to say when the Grammy winner would be sent to Washington.

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

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Brown has been in a Los Angeles jail since mid-March, when a judge ordered him taken into custody after the singer was dismissed from a court-mandated rehab program.

Brown’s attorney Mark Geragos was not immediately available to comment on the transfer. Geragos had been seeking to block Brown’s transfer into the marshals’ custody.

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