Chris Brown pleads not guilty to assaulting Rihanna
R&B star Chris Brown has pleaded not guilty to assaulting fellow music star and girlfriend, Rihanna.
The 19-year-old singer yesterday appeared in front of an LA court, alongside his lawyer, Mark Gergos, with his mum supporting him in the front row.
Looking smart in a tie and fashionable black cardigan, Brown entered his not guilty plea in a soft-spoken voice.
He was charged in March by Los Angeles County prosecutors with assault likely to cause great bodily injury and making criminal threats, after the pair allegedly had a vicious row over a text message on Brown’s phone.
The 21-year-old Umbrella singer was represented by lawyer Donald Etra, who said after the hearing that the singer is in ‘fine spirits‘ and spending time with her family in Barbados, where she has also been schmoozing with the island’s Prime Minister, David Thompson.
Etra also said Rihanna is hoping that a deal can be worked out before the case goes to a preliminary hearing or trial, but that she will testify if required to.
‘She would be pleased if this was over quickly,’ Etra said, before adding that Brown’s plea was ‘totally expected’.
If convicted, Brown could be sentenced to probation or nearly five years in prison.
Neither side has publicly commented on Brown and Rihanna‘s relationship since the incident, although reports claim the couple have split up.