Friday, March 6, 2009

Chris Brown stays mum in court

During his court hearing yesterday in Los Angeles, Chris Brown remained tight-lipped and walked out without entering a plea in the two felony charges against him: assault and making criminal threats.

Speaking only four words to the judge -- "yes," "yes," and "yes ma'am," an "emotionless" Brown did not proclaim his innocence or guilt in the proceeding that took roughly 4 minutes and 20 seconds, and was granted a continuance until April 6th by request.

Reports say that Brown "wants to avoid a trial at all costs because the picture of Rihanna taken one day after the incident -- which has not been seen anywhere publicly -- is unbelievable."

The singer signed a waiver of presence during the proceeding allowing his lawyer to act on his behalf, meaning he won't have to show up to any minor court proceedings before April 6th.

After the judge granted Brown's request to continue the case, he told the singer, "You are not to annoy, harass, molest, threaten or use force or violence against anyone."

Brown also may not "disturb the peace, keep under surveillance or block movements" of her, and must get rid of any guns he may have by surrendering them to police or selling them to a licensed dealer within 24 hours. And he cannot "dissuade or prevent" anybody from attending a hearing or making a report to police.

Under the order, however, he is allowed to contact Rihanna in person or by telephone, as her attorney, Donald Etra, told the judge that "Miss Fenty [Rihanna] does not request [a no-contact] order." Therefore, there are no limitations to how physically close he may be to her.

The only restriction checked on the form is the box reading: "The protected persons may record any prohibited communications made by the restrained person."

The order expires in March 2012.

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