Rihanna to Testify at Chris Brown Hearing
The pop star's attorney, David Etra, attended a hearing Thursday morning confirming the news. "The DA has advised me that she will be subpoenaed [to testify]," he said. "She absolutely will comply." It was also confirmed that the pair will have to face each other in court. "He has to be here anytime a witness is called," Geragos said confirming Brown's attendance.
Today's hearing did not run very smoothly for the defense. Geragos was denied access to police records in an attempt to find out who leaked photos of a battered and bruised Rihanna to the media. According to Geragos, the photos were carelessly released by authorities and would therefore taint potential jurors, thus decreasing Brown's chances of receiving a fair and unbiased trial.
L.A. Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg stated that granting Geragos access to the records would not "significantly impact" Brown's right to a fair trial. "It matters to me not if your client is high-profile or not," she said. "I don't believe you're entitled [to demand access to police records]."
Brown, who has been keeping a low profile following the February 8 alleged assault, did not attend the hearing. He has entered a plea of not guilty to the two felony charges stemming from the incident. Yesterday, video of the 20-year-old appearing on rapper and friend Bow Wow's video blog hit the net. The singer proclaimed that he was not "a monster" before signing off.
Both Brown and Rihanna are scheduled to appear in court on June 22, if convicted he faces up to four years in prison.