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Chris Brown Pleads Not Guilty

Apr. 6 2009, Published 9:42 a.m. ET

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Dressed in all black, Chris Brown arrived at the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse on Monday afternoon for an arraignment hearing regarding two felony accounts stemming from his alleged February 8 assault against Rihanna.

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With his hands clasped in front of him and his lips pursed shut in silence, Brown stood quietly by as his lawyer Mark Geragos addressed the judge. Brown pled not guilty on the two accounts of assault and making criminal threats. He spoke to the judge directly, softly muttering his plea.

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As first reported, the singer was expected to plead not guilty. While her lawyer Donald Etra was present, and addressed reporters outside the courthouse after the hearing, Rihanna was not present. She has been in her native Barbados for the past few days, hanging out with family and friends. Brown recently returned from a trip home to Virginia. After the hearing, he quickly exited the courtroom to a waiting car flanked by his legal team, his mom, and other family members.


A preliminary hearing is set for April 29. Brown is expected to attend.



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