Chris Brown Preliminary Hearing: The Full Transcript

Brown and Rihanna face the judge in an L.A. courtroom Monday.

[Chris Brown rises.]

Judge Patricia M. Schnegg: Mr. Brown, what is your full name?

Brown: Christopher Maurice Brown.

Judge: And what is your date of birth?

Brown: 5/5/89.

Judge: All right. In the case number BA353571, you are charged with the felony complaint of assault by means likely to cause great bodily injury in violation of penal code section 245, subdivision A, subdivision 1, which is a felony committed on or about February 7th and February 8th, 2009. Do you understand what you’ve been charged with?

Brown: Yes, ma’am.

Judge: Your attorney has advised the court that you wish to enter a plea of guilty to that charge. Is that correct?

Brown: Yes, ma’am.

Judge: Before the court can accept your plea, I must advise you of your constitutional rights, and you must understand them and knowingly and voluntarily give up those rights before the court can accept your plea. You have the right to a preliminary hearing. Do you understand that right?

Brown: Yes, ma’am.

Judge: You have the right to a trial either by court or jury. Do you understand that right?

Brown: Yes, ma’am.

Judge: Do you waive and give up your right to a preliminary hearing and trial in this matter?

Brown: Yes, ma’am.

Judge: If you were to have a preliminary hearing or trial, you would have the right to confront and cross-examine the witnesses against you. Do you understand that right?

Brown: Yes, ma’am.

Judge: Bodily injury is a felony in violation of penal code section 245, subdivision A, subdivision 1 on Robyn F. How do you now plead?

Brown: Guilty

Judge: Counsel, do you join the pleas and wagers?

Mark Geragos, Brown’s attorney: Yes.

[Brown leaves courtroom.]

[Rihanna enters courtroom.]

Judge: Ms. Fenty, if at that time, you would want me to lift the protective order back to a level one, I would consider doing that, and your attorney knows that he can go ahead and make a motion. … But the protective order, although it’s only one way, it really goes two ways. Because if you contact him — which I don’t think you would — then he would be in violation of my court order, which I don’t think you would. Now Ms. Murray, who is behind you … is going to give you a copy of the protective order right now, so let the record reflect that Ms. Fenty has been supplied a copy of the protective order. Thank you so much

Rihanna: Thank you, your honor.

[Rihanna leaves courtroom.]