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Chris Brown -- Let's Make a Deal

4/6/2009 7:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris BrownChris Brown's lawyer and the prosecutor in the Rihanna case have been engaged in "serious" plea bargain negotiations and according to one source, a "deal is close."

We know Brown will plead not guilty today, however the plea may just be a formality.

Sources say Rihanna has made it clear she does not want to testify in the case and wants Brown to cop a plea. We're told one of the reasons she's in Barbados right now is because "she wants to be as far away from this case as possible."

As we first reported, Brown was inclined to plead either guilty or no contest to a misdemeanor, provided he got no jail time -- but since we broke that story, the D.A. and Mark Geragos, Brown's lawyer, have gotten down to the nitty gritty.

We do not know if Brown changed his view and would accept jail time to avoid a trial. Brown will be in court today for the arraignment.

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just understand    

i personly think a cerlibertie should have harsher sentences for crimes with violence and be made a example of plus chris brown is a duece and would make a good jail beatch and get taught what it means to be a good bitch theres no way a judje should give famus people a break with minimal securite and probation give him a good sentice stop making a mokery of the justice system comon people

1895 days ago
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josi    

CHRIS BROWN SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE SHOULD GO TO JAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1936 days ago
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UGGGGHHH    

PUT THAT LOSER IN JAIL

1936 days ago
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UGGGGHHH    

He is a nobody now skank

1936 days ago
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tiredoftrailertrash    

RHIANNA IS A POOR EXAMPLE OF A STRONG WOMAN.. SHE GETS SUPPOSEDLY BEATEN BY CHRIS BROWN, BUT GOES INTO HIDING IN BARBADOS, REFUSING TO TESTIFY. WHAT A WIMP, AND A LOSER. IF SHE GOES BACK TO HIM AFTER THIS, SHE DESERVES A GOOD AZZ WHOPPING.. GREAT EXAMPLE TO YOUR YOUNG FANS OUT THERE RHIANNA.. YOU DISGUST ME!!!!!

1936 days ago
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★☆RoXaNnE☆★    

He is so guilty and I am sure after this blows over the 2 of them will be back together.
They were together right after ... then as the court date drew closer they are far from each other.
Plus, them being seen together is hurting her image..
Its sad but he needs to go to jail, just like any other man who does this.
Just because he has money and is famous shouldnt make a difference and either should her not wanting anything to do with the court case.
He is guilty and he knows it and all the people who are sane know that.
Time to go to jail for a little bit and hopefully really learn a lesson

1936 days ago
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UGGGGHHH    

HE HAS ABUSED BEFORE AND WILL DO IT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PUT THAT LOSER IN JAIL.

1936 days ago
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BronzedDawn    

nothing says FUTURE HAS-BEEN ,EGOTISTICAL DRUG AND ALCOHOL SCREW BALL louder then a NOT GUILTY plea...no abusers get a second chance in life- KARMA RULES

1936 days ago
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UGGGGHHH    

Jail time. Drop the soap dope.. ha ha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

1936 days ago
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Victoria    

I am confused. If a plea deal is in the works, that means he will plead guilty. How can he be pleading not guilty then?

TMZ is very confused.

1936 days ago
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Lilarose    

You folks and anyone who buys these two idiots' music, attends their concerts, and supports them in any way for this BAD BEHAVIOR are also support physical and emotional abuse.

Here is what he would get if it were my sister or daughter who was abused: I would taser him right between the eyes. That should take care of this low life jerk who dare not call himself a MAN!

Chris Brown: YOU ARE NOT A MAN!

That might be the only message he understands.

I am going to guess that women who support this LOW LIFE have never experienced abuse.

1936 days ago
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Food4thought    

Probation and rehabilitation will help him. He needs to attend anger management classes. He needs to do volunteer and charity work for women's organizations for the next 3-5 years. Maybe even for the rest of his life.

1936 days ago
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tmz should be close down    

i found something fishy about this situation and also my mother.....when ever rihanna is in Barbados she never associate with our people so it was kinda strange she's all friendly....... MY MOTHER KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN AND THAT'S THE REAL REASON SHE IS HERE.......................... PLEASE THIS IS NO TIME FOR HATING ON RIHANNA SHE IS STILL HUMAN WE ALL NEED TO PRAY FOR HER BEFORE ITS TOO LATE TO ALL THE TRUE CHRISTIANS OUT THERE PLEASE PRAY FOR HER..... AND AS FOR TMZ WHY HASN'T THE RECESSION HIT YOU AS YET YOU NEED TO BE CLOSE DOWN.... YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO THIS GIRL LIFE.

1936 days ago
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Tessabouche    

He should go to jail and hopefully he will get as good as he gave.
I will not ever buy their music or listen to either of them again.

1936 days ago
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something smells    

I READ IN PEOPLE WM HURT USED TO BEAT UP MARLEE MATLIN WHEN THEY WERE DATING IN 1986

1936 days ago
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