Chris Brown has a new posse.

The singer was taken into custody by U.S. marshals on Tuesday in Los Angeles so he can be escorted to Washington, D.C., to await his assault trial later this month.

Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, told the Los Angeles Times that Brown was scheduled to fly to the East Coast on Thursday, after being taken into custody by federal marshals on Tuesday. The transport was supposed to occur on the same day a hearing was scheduled for a motion Geragos filed to block the transfer. The lawyer was asking a judge to permit him to escort the singer himself because a transfer to federal authorities would hurt his ability to confer with Brown.

A Washington judge last week ordered federal marshals to transport Brown for his April 17 trial on misdemeanor assault charges. Brown is accused of striking a man who tried to take his picture outside the W Hotel.

Brown's legal troubles began in 2009 when he was sentenced to five years' probation, community service and counseling for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna. This year Brown entered a court-ordered treatment facility but was kicked out of rehab, and ordered back to jail in March, after he allegedly touched a woman, refused to take a drug test and made threatening statements during a group session, the Times reported.