The California Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Chris Brown's attorney Mark Geragos to postpone what could be an explosive preliminary hearing set for next Monday for the R&B singer, who's charged with threatening and beating his then-girlfriend Rihanna. That sets the stage for the dramatic reunion of the two former lovers as both are expected to appear in court Monday.
Geragos appealed to California's highest court after a lower court judge, Judge Patricia Schnegg, denied his motion to access the confidential personnel records of 25 Los Angeles Police Department employees. Gergaos was seeking the records prior to the preliminary hearing, hoping to find out who leaked a shocking photo of a badly-bruised Rihanna taken after she was assaulted, allegedly by Brown.
At the conclusion of Monday's preliminary hearing, the judge will decide if there is enough evidence to proceed to a jury trial. Rihanna was subpoened to testify at the hearing, and her attorney has said that she will comply with the subpoena and be a cooperative witness for the prosecution.
Brown,20, is charged with threatening and beating his then-girlfriend Rihanna in Los Angeles this past February.