In a dramatic development, Rihanna has been ordered to appear at the next hearing scheduled for her ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown, who is accused of beating her.
Rihanna's attorney Donald Etra told RadarOnline.com that the pop star has been subpoened and ordered to appear at Brown's preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for June 22nd.
Etra told RadarOnline.com that Rihanna will comply with the order. It will be up to the District Attorney to decide whether Rihanna will take the stand during the hearing to give evidence as to the events that happened the night of the alleged attack.
RadarOnline.com spoke with Etra following a court hearing Thursday during which Judge Patricia Schnegg denied a request to allow Brown's attorney Mark Geragos gain access to confidential LAPD personnel records so that he can find out who leaked a photograph of a battered and bruised Rihanna to the media.
In denying the motion, Schnegg said everyone agrees that the leak of the now infamous photo was not a good thing, but that "somebody went off the ranch and sold the photograph." She added: "but that does not impact the validity of the police investigation and the arrest of your client."
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Outside of court, Geragos told RadarOnline.com that he was not surprised by the judge's decision.
Brown,20, is charged with threatening and beating his then-girlfriend Rihanna in Los Angeles this past February.
He did not attend Thursday's hearing. He remains free on bail.