Chris Brown Pleads Not Guilty


Apr. 6 2009, Published 11:39 a.m. ET

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After several weeks delay, Chris Brown finally had to face the music this afternoon and answer for charges assaulting and making threats against on-off-on girlfriend Rihanna.

And while some early reports had claimed that the singer would enter a plea deal with the L.A. District Attorney, the teenager instead entered pleas of Not Guilty on all charges.

The singer was accompanied by his attorney, Mark Geragos, to Monday's arraignment, which last around 20 minutes. The charges stem from a Feb. 8 incident that left Rihanna beaten and bruised.

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At the arraignment, Chris waived his right to a speedy preliminary hearing within 10 days. His lawyers are currently due back in court on April 29, though he is not required nor expected to be there.

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Afterward, Rihanna's attorney Donald Etra told reporters that the reason for not speeding forward toward trial is "so both sides can review the files and have time to discuss the case, meaning a solution can be achieved can be achieved without a hearing or a trial."

Etra also stated that it's possible that Chris may be willing to accept a plea bargain that would include "some jail time."

However, he reminded everyone that "it's not up to Rihanna to decide what kind of deal she wants; It's up to the D.A. and Mr. Geragos."


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