Thursday, May 28, 2009

Rihanna to testify against Chris Brown

Prosecutors plan to call Rihanna as a witnesses during a hearing in Chris Brown's assault case, her attorney said Thursday. Donald Etra told reporters that prosecutors have told him the Barbados-born singer will receive a subpoena to testify at a preliminary hearing June 22. The hearing will focus on whether there is enough evidence to continue the case against Brown.

Brown was arrested in February on suspicion of hitting and choking Rihanna, then his girlfriend, in a rented car hours before the couple were scheduled to appear at the Grammys. Rihanna has not been formally been named as the victimn in police or prosecutors' reports.

Etra said Thursday Rihanna will comply with the order. If she is called to testify, the 21-year-old singer would be subject to cross-examination by Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos.

A judge on Thursday rejected as premature a motion by Geragos to receive police and investigative records related to the case and the apparent leak of a photo of a beaten and bruised Rihanna.

Brown wasn't in court Thursday, but he's required to attend the preliminary hearing.

Meanwhile, Brown came as close as he has come yet on commenting on the caser this week. In a YouTube video posted Tuesday, Brown, accompanied by rapper/actor Bow Wow, chats about his forthcoming album and tells viewers, "Everybody that's haters, they just been haters. All my real fans, I love you all. I ain't a monster."



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