On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court denied a request by Chris Brown's lawyer to delay a preliminary hearing in the singer's assault case scheduled for Monday, June 22. Evidence will be presented against Brown, 20, who has been charged with two felonies in connection with his alleged February 8 altercation with then-girlfriend Rihanna, 21. This was the third and final attempt by Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, to delay the hearing.
Brown, who has pleaded not guilty in the case, is expected to appear at the hearing, according to a Reuters report.
Geragos has been seeking a delay in the hearing while he attempts to obtain information from the Los Angeles Police Department about an internal investigation into the leaking of a police evidence photo of a battered Rihanna to the gossip site TMZ. The lawyer attempted to appeal to the higher court after the judge in the case and a lower court denied his request on June 10. The judge ruled that Geragos must wait until 30 days before the start of the actual trial before requesting the relevant LAPD files.
Brown faces up to four years in prison if convicted. Rihanna's lawyer has confirmed that she has been subpoenaed in the case and she is also likely to appear at Monday's hearing. While both Brown and Rihanna separately attended a recent NBA Finals game, they have not been seen in public together since shortly after the alleged assault. It is believed that the joint court appearance will be their first public encounter in several months.