[artist id="1961441"]Chris Brown[/artist] appeared at Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday (March 5) but did not enter a plea on two felony counts of assault and making criminal threats, stemming from his alleged altercation with girlfriend Rihanna on February 8. Rather, at the request of attorney Mark Geragos, Brown was granted a continuance in the case, meaning his arraignment has been pushed back until April 6.
[artist id="1961441"]Rihanna’s[/artist] attorney, Donald Etra, was also present in the courtroom, and he provided the proceeding’s most noteworthy moment — announcing in open court that he was representing “the victim, Robyn ‘Rihanna’ Fenty.”
As early as this morning, when the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office officially charged Brown with the two felony counts , the identity of the female victim in the case had yet to be formally revealed. The DA’s statement did not identify her, nor did an affidavit by the LAPD, which referred to the victim only as “Robyn F.”
After granting Brown’s continuance request, the judge ordered the 19-year-old singer “not to annoy, harass, molest, threaten or use force or violence against anyone,” before asking Geragos if there were a “no-contact order” in place, to which he replied, “Miss Fenty does not request such an order.”
Outside the courtroom, Etra told E! News that Rihanna did not need a no-contact order and that the 21-year-old singer “is doing well, and she is making sure her rights are protected at every stage of the proceedings. … What will happen to Chris Brown is up to the district attorney in court.”
If Brown is convicted on the felony charges, his sentence could range from probation to up to four years in prison, CNN quoted the DA’s office as saying.
Neither Brown nor Geragos made any statements to the media while at the courthouse. Brown arrived in a black SUV just before 3:30 p.m. PT, flanked by a pair of security guards and his attorney. As they made their way into the building, they were surrounded by throngs of photographers and camera crews, while sign-carrying protesters milled about on the sidewalk.