Update: RadarOnline.com will bring you real-time updates from inside Chris Brown‘s preliminary hearing as events unfold this afternoon.
The stage is set for an explosive court hearing in Los Angeles Monday afternoon as pop diva Rihanna publically comes face-to-face with R&B singer Chris Brown, her ex-boyfriend accused of badly beating her last February.
The big question remains — will Rihanna take the stand Monday at Brown’s preliminary hearing to recount the events the night of their alleged altercation? It’s expected that she will testify, and Rihanna’s lawyer tells RadarOnline.com that the subpoenaed singer will “comply and answer the questions” asked of her in court Monday.
At the conclusion of the preliminary hearing, the judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to order Brown to stand trial or to dimiss the case altogether.
Brown has pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges (assault and making criminal threats) prosecutors said he committed against the Umbrella singer in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles after a pre-Grammy night soiree on February 8.
In response to rumors that prosecutors and Brown’s attorneys had reached an an eleventh-hour accord, Rihanna’s attorney told RadarOnline.com that he believes the court proceedings will take place Monday.
“There is no deal on the table that I’m aware of,” Donald Etra told RadarOnline.com Sunday evening. “Rihanna is under subpoena to testify, and she will be there [Monday] afternoon.”
The 21-year-old Barbados beauty, who reportedly spent time with Brown in Florida directly after the incident, has kept her distance from the 20-year-old since; the pair were recently spotted sitting in different sections of Orlando’s Amway Arena during the NBA Finals.
Media frenzy is expected to hit an all-time high for Monday’s proceedings: 52 outlets have requested access to Monday’s session, a number the LA Times reported trumps other high-profile celebrity court incidents, including Paris Hilton‘s 2007 incarceration, Britney Spears‘ divorce or Lindsay Lohan‘s DUI case.
“I’ve never seen this kind of interest, and I’ve been here seven years,” Court spokesman Allan Parachini told the LA Times.
RadarOnline.com will be inside Monday’s court hearing and will bring you blow-by-blow accounts of the proceedings, slated to being at 1:45 p.m. PST.