A court date is scheduled for Chris Brown today in Los Angeles for his high-profile case involving his February altercation with [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist], but the singer will not appear before the judge, a source close to the situation confirmed to MTV News.
Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, will be present on behalf of the singer.
RadarOnline also reported that Brown will not attend court on Wednesday. The site claims Brown signed a waiver although remains unclear exactly what the waiver entails, however.
Brown appeared in court earlier this month and formally entered a not-guilty plea. His plea stems from felony assault charges and making criminal threats. On the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards Brown and Rihanna were allegedly involved in an altercation that left the Barbados native bruised and bitten. Photos of the female singer later leaked to the Web showing her multiple contusions.
Both Brown's team and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office are believed to be working on a plea deal. Negotiations on the deal have been ongoing for weeks now, but several reports suggest a potential deal is closer, if not imminent.
According to legal expert Peter T. Haven, Brown's attorney is expected to ask for additional discover time in the case to search for further evidence. If Geragos is unable to secure additional time from the judge, Haven said a preliminary hearing date may be set. During the preliminary hearing, the prosecution presents the case before a judge explaining they have enough material to pursue a conviction. A preliminary hearing could possibly result in information that both Brown and Rihanna may want to suppress.
Shawn Chapman Holley, a Los Angeles-based attorney who has represented rapper the Game and Lindsay Lohan in the past, explained earlier this month to MTV News why a plea deal will likely be sought in this case.
"I would imagine that all parties would be interested in resolving the case [plea bargain] so as to avoid the public airing of dirty laundry at a trial," she wrote in an e-mail message. "If the D.A. makes a 'tough' offer, this makes it a much more difficult choice for the defendant. For example, if they are offering significant jail time, the defendant might want to take his chances at trial. Doing so, however, exposes a high-profile defendant to unwanted negative publicity."