Rihanna to testify at Chris Brown assault trial

May 29th, 2009 - 1:33 am ICT by John Le Fevre  

Rihanna Donald Etra, a lawyer for entertainer Rihanna, said his client will fully comply with a district attorney subpoena and give evidence at a hearing against former boyfriend Chris Brown on June 22.

Brown, 20, has pleaded not guilty to allegedly beating 21-year-old Rihanna on February 8. If convicted, he faces anything from probation to a maximum four years and eight months in state prison.

Etra said prosecutors intend to subpoena the singer to appear at the hearing, so the court can determine if there’s enough evidence to proceed with a trial.

“She absolutely will comply,” he said, adding that Rihanna will also be subject to cross-examination by Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos.

At a Los Angeles court hearing on Thursday Geragos was unsuccessful in convincing a judge to grant him access to police records in effort to find out who leaked a photo of Rihanna’s injuries.

When asked if he’s confident that he can keep Brown from serving time behind bars, Geragos replied, “I’m not going to address any of that.”

Experts say the case likely won’t go to trial, but instead will end with a plea deal, which could happen at any time.

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