Rihanna Ordered To Testify Against Chris Brown
Singer legally required to appear in court to give evidence...
The Barbadian singer has been served with a subpoena to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom on June 22 and intends to 'co-operate fully'.
Attorney Donald Etra confirmed to People magazine that the singer was served with the subpoena in person on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
"Rihanna was served at my office by L.A. DA investigators," Etra said. "If the preliminary hearing indeed goes forward, she is now legally required to be there, she will be there, and will answer all questions truthfully."
Brown is facing felony assault charges after allegedly assaulting Rihanna in February. Brown has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Legal expert Peter T. Haven told MTV News last month that the preliminary hearing will determine whether there is sufficient evidence for the case to go to trial.
"During the preliminary, which is significant, the prosecution puts the case in front of the judge to convince the judge that they have sufficient evidence to go forward with a criminal prosecution," Haven told MTV News. "The defense then tries to kill the case. [But] if there's enough evidence, the prosecution could then get a trial date."
Haven said once a ruling is made in the preliminary hearing, a trial date would be expected to begin in 30 to 90 days.
If convicted, Brown faces anywhere from probation to a maximum four years and eight months in state prison.
R & B singer Brown has lain low since the alleged attack, surfacing simply to tell fans he is ‘not a monster’ in a video message posted online.