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Chris Brown's New Mystery Court Hearing

3/12/2009 5:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Brown, RihannaChris Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, has requested an unscheduled hearing even before Brown's arraignment in the alleged beating of Rihanna -- and it has to do with Rihanna testifying in the case -- or not testifying!

We've learned the case has been officially moved to L.A. County Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg. She's the judge who signed the search warrant in the case.

The hearing is set for March 23. It will take place in Judge Schnegg's chambers. Prosecutors will join Geragos but Chris Brown will not be present.

Geragos is the one who requested the meeting. We know it involves Rihanna's possible testimony in the case. Will Geragos ask the judge to block prosecutors from calling Rihanna or limiting her testimony? We don't know for sure.

We do know the meeting has nothing to do with a plea bargain.

The arraignment is still set for April 6.

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46.

nicky t.    

I SAW ON THE TV THE OTHER DAY WHERE SOURCES CLOSE TO BROWN SAID THAT HE WAS TAKING STEROIDS DURING HIS LAST TOUR TO BULK HIMSELF UP AND ALSO FOR ENDURANCE THROUGHOUT THE TOUR. THE SOURCES SAID THAT THEY SAW A SUDDEN CHANGE IN HIS BEHAVIOUR AND HE BECAME QUITE EDGY AND EASILY PISSED OFF AT THE SLIGHTEST THING. WHEN I LOOKED BACK AT HIS BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS, HIS BODY HAS DEFINITELY CHANGED AND I THINK THAT IF HE WAS INDEED TAKING STEROIDS THEN THAT EXPLAINS HOW SOMEONE WHO IS NOT KNOWN TO BE A VIOLENT PERSON SUDDENLY ATTACKS SOMEONE LIKE THAT. I HAVE FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE HOW STEROIDS CAN CHANGE A PERSON MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY BY HAVING TO DEAL WITH MY OWN BROTHER WHEN HE WAS TAKING IT.

1968 days ago
47.

QE2    

I think that if the People of the State of California sopeana her to testify she is obligated by law to do so. And if she doesn't tell the truth it is pergury Maybe Brown's team knows what she will say and is trying to cut a deal to avoid a trial. I read that Rianna wants this to be over quickly.

1968 days ago
48.

NeverBeenBeatGirl    

did he beat her with an umbrella, ella, ella, ella, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh?

1968 days ago
49.

Cammie    

Boycott anything that is tied to either Chris Brown or P. Diddy-nobody who is nothing more than a piece of kaka himself.

If she doesn't have the wherewithall to psychologically defend herself and so stupid as to return to the animal, the Los Angeles County Courts better not permit Geragos (who arranged for her attorney as an easy way out of responsibility) to buy-out Brown's punishment. If they are being bought by these unethical attorneys, they are morally letting down not only this woman but every woman in Los Angeles County, the State of California, the United States of America, and the World.

Real change regarding domestic abuse needs to start with this violent incident and the case that is before the Los Angeles County Courts...a loud and clear message must be sent out to every potential and proven abuser.

1968 days ago
50.

NeverBeenBeatGirl    

Harvey Levin,
I commend you about speaking out against Chris Brown every night on TMZ. I watch it religiously. I just want to say that I will never support or buy anything associated/involving the COWARD Chris Brown and if it is indeed true that Rihanna has got back with him then my boycott applies ro her as well. She is a very poor role model if she doesn't take a stand for herself and all the young girls out there who look up to her. It is sad that will all of her resources, financial and family & friends that she would CHOOSE to be a victim. TO ALL YOUNG GIRLS....A MALE SHOULD NEVER HIT A WOMAN!!! And if he does he should go to jail. I needed to say that because it seems like the entire entertainment industry has gone mute.

1968 days ago
51.

LooLoo1117    

Oh and Chris, yea Chris Brown: Why did you back out of the Kids Choice Awards,,,,that was your way back in, Stand Up for Yourself you know you made a big mistake, move on or noone else willlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll GOOD LUCK

1968 days ago
52.

Mrs Joe Jackson    

They are both losers.

1968 days ago
53.

T    

All you people that are quick to judge never liked the two in the first place. Most of you all are racist, backwater, red-necks, who never listen to Chris Brown before in your life. It is probaly all the whites that are tired of Black men and want them all in jail. You who want to put him down and call him a loser are losers yourselves. Get a life and leave his and hers alone. Let the stalkers at TMZ and the courts do their jobs.

1968 days ago
54.

CHIRO GIRLS    

IF SHE TOOK HIM BACK THAN SHE DESERVES EVRYTHING SHE GETS INCLUDING THE BEAT DOWNS. AND AS FAR AS THAT GAY CHRIS HE'S A HOMO FOR HITTING GIRLS LEARN HOW TO BE SLICK AND HIDE YOUR GROUPIES YOU DUMB ASS...SO I GUESS YOU GUYS ARE MEANT TO BE BECAUSE NOW YOU BOTH SUCK LIKE YOUR MUSIC...PEACE!!!!

1968 days ago
55.

ohyesidid    

I have sympathy for someone the FIRST time they get beaten up. If they choose to go back, they are just asking for a repeat performance. No sympathy from me.

1968 days ago
56.

Baje    

52 'Chris Brown is a Punk' - No man may profit from his own wrong. I read somewhere on NY Post I think that this rumour of a duet is false.

1968 days ago
57.

STOP OCTOMOM!    

Seriously! Does anyone read whats been coming out on the news, even TMZ!?
Chris brown went overboard and snapped that night, but why the hell does Rihanna still get to sit back and be Ms. Princess Victim here?? SHES NOT!
That girls history of abuse goes back a long way to when she craked the bottle over her brothers head! Still everyone trashes on Brown as a woman beater and compares him to Ike Turner.. Does anyone really think that if Rihanna was so abused by Chris she would have been the one to FIRST ATTACK HIM in the car that night??!! Come on now! What happened to Tina Turner was awful, that poor woman endured what no woman should.. She was practically beaten into a corner with with no way to get out. Rihanna isnt leaving because she knows she has a huge part in this whole scandal, and the truth will come out in full. She even told the police that there hasnt been any "escalating violence" at least on Chris' part.. She got diva on him with an open palm to his face before, and he never hit back or anything. My guess is that night she totally flipped out in the car punching, hitting etc.. Which in itself is stupid as she could have killed both of them AND innocent bystanders. He snapped. And NOBODY saw him after what happend, So nobody knows what kind of bruises and cuts he may have had.
Gimme a break, this chick isnt blameless, and she knows it.
My guess is alot of people are going to feel really stupid when the WHOLE truth comes out and Rihanna is no longer the helpless little victim shes making herself out to be!

1968 days ago
58.

HAHAHAHAHHAHAA    

Well I won't pretend that i'm not interested in the hearing. If they are in fact married, i'm through! They can go on and be a joke together. However, Chris owes Rihanna absolutely nothing and doesn't deserve jail time. The media will soon realize they made a mistake jumping to conclusions about the case. People are ignoring facts now that their juicy stories are now showing up to be lies. Rihanna and her people ought to be ashamed the way the let this go on. Team Chris!!!!!

1968 days ago
59.

on2thenext1    

All you legal beavers out there, check the California law regarding Domestic Violence Victims. The LAPD office has called Rihanna a Domestic Violence Victim she cannot be forced to testify and cannot be subject to any penalty for not testifying. California passed that law as not to victimize the victim twice. They can subpoena her and she can show up but never answer any questions regarding the case. The LAPD laid the ground work for this when they sent a DVV counselor to speak with her. The DA realized they were in a pickle when she went back to Chris Brown. If she does not back up the detective statement there is no statement. If she gets on that stand then in comes her throwing the first punch and striking him with her shoes. The DA has much to lose on this as Chris Brown by placing her on the stand. I believe there is a lot of bluffing going on..

1968 days ago
60.

Tiger's Help Sucks Too    

Oh, just let them kill each other for chrissakes. Who cares? They don't!

1968 days ago
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