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Rihanna -- Do You Swear to Tell the Truth ... ?

6/22/2009 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Brown, RihannaRihanna has a big date with Chris Brown today ... along with a judge, a few lawyers and a courtroom full of onlookers.

RiRi is set to take the stand as a witness against Chris Brown in his preliminary hearing, which begins at 1:45 PM PT.

Rihanna's testimony is hugely important. Will she stick to the story she told cops the night of the beating? Rihanna said Brown had beaten her before and the violence was escalating.

One big question -- will Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, cross-examine Rihanna? We're told if the case goes to trial Geragos will make a big point that Rihanna was the initial aggressor, repeatedly hitting him before he began pounding on her.

Also hugely important ... the photos of Rihanna's battered face. We've published one pic graphically showing the brutality of the beating. But we're told that photo pales by comparison to photos taken the next day after the bruising and swelling settled. Those photos will almost certainly be introduced into evidence during the prelim.

The judge has rejected TV or livestream coverage. We'll have constant updates.

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vicky fox    

i feel it is wrong that chris browns money won him a non custodial sentence if it was joe bloggs they could of gone tom jail for the mess he made of her its not fair all these celebs use there money to get away with crimes

1857 days ago
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LDAF    

THEN WHY DIDN'T YOU GET THAT PHOTO? I'M SURE IT WAS KEPT IN THE SAME FILE. WHY PAY FOR A MILD PHOTO AND NOT THE REALLY BAD ONE? STOP LYING! AND CHRIS DID NOT HIT HER BEFORE. IT'S ALREADY BEEN REPORTED (BY TMZ I THINK) THAT SHE SAID THAT THERE WERE TWO TIMES THAT THEY ARGUED BEFORE THIS WHEN SHE SLAPPED HIM AND HE RESTRAINED HER AND TOLD HER TO "CALM DOWN." ONCE IN EUROPE AND ONCE IN BARBADOS. THE BARBADOS EPISODE HAD NO VIOLENCE. THE SLAP WAS IN EUROPE, ACCORDING TO REPORTS.

TMZ...STOP THE LIES. AND WHY ARE YOU ALL OF A SUDDEN REPORTING THAT SHE "REPEATEDLY" HIT HIM THAT NIGHT? YOU WEREN'T REPORTING THAT BEFORE!

1863 days ago
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I am    

AWWWW. No COURT TV? I'll miss the opportunity to see the great Mark Gerragos lose ANOTHER high profile case? How they EVER going to further exploit this story?

1863 days ago
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princesspink    

I hope he gets serious jail time -- SERIOUS!

1863 days ago
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AaliyahLovecom    

like WHOAH LDAF you need to calm the f down LOL! Unless you are Rihanna herself why do you care so much and whats up w the caps lock it hurts my eyes heheh

1863 days ago
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Linda Mott    

It seems that right and wrong are no longer the question, but who do you like the best. People see violence so often that they are not horrified by it. If they like what you stand for, then you are right without even hearing the facts and if they disagree with you, you are automatically wrong. In politics they want to hear which party you are affiliated with before they decide the issues, as opposed to being objective. I hope justice is blind and the trial is fair.

1863 days ago
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ChrisBrown&RiRiSupport    

tmz leave chris and rihanna alone, hope things go well for the both of them, back off people its not your life its theirs and only they know whats going on with it, they're young why do you people judge them so harshly, they are not perfect, they also make mistakes like us all

1863 days ago
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noyankhere    

well, you know she is going to take the stand and BACKTRACK !!lol! of course he will get away with it, and come out with another musical enterprise with his rap and hiphop crowd who he has gained kudos for slapping a woman as its part of their culture to be violent and degrading.money talks mark gregaros walks the walk of shame ...

1863 days ago
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ChrisBrown&RiRiSupport    

and what?! are you talking about tmz, rihanna hadnt been beaten before, it was reported that she admitted that there was only one incident were she slapped him but he hadnt retaliated, this was the first time, you all are liars and only report what you want

1863 days ago
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meeper    

I wish both of these losers would go away permanently from the public eye. LOSERS.

1862 days ago
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ntvnat    

6. tmz leave chris and rihanna alone, hope things go well for the both of them, back off people its not your life its theirs and only they know whats going on with it, they're young why do you people judge them so harshly, they are not perfect, they also make mistakes like us all

Posted at 4:12AM on Jun 22nd 2009 by kj1022

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$100 met this (((complete))) moron is a braindead young Black female Chris "Savage Baboon" Brown fan. Leave them alone, eh? So when Nick Hogan put a man in a permanent vegetative state, paralyzed from the neck down, where were your "leave Nick and his victim alone!" babbling nonsense? So HOW BADLY does your beloved Chris Brown have to mess up a woman to make you say what he did was wrong? Better yet, since you got an IQ in the low-20s (if not single digit), let me ask you this: Actor Tom Sizemore messes up his GF for the umpteenth time. Exact same thing that happened to Robin. Where were you then? Would you say this animal deserves cage time? Maybe you should look at CRIMES objectively, instead of being a lame gushy HYPOCRITICAL teenager. Idiot. Just jump off a bridge. Get hit by a bus. Do (((something))) to end the misery known as listen to the [s]hit you spew. Thanks. :-D

1862 days ago
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Kenneth    

hay

1862 days ago
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Fred    

Once the pictures are in evidence and public record will TMZ and others publish them? I hope so, then we will see how Cris and his fans react. My bet is that those pictures doom him to a life of shame and no "spin" will save his sorry ass.

1862 days ago
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Kay    

If I was on that jury I'd want to know why Chris Brown beat the crap out of his girlfriend rather than walk away from the relationship. Violence is never the answer.

1862 days ago
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K    

Hi is so going to walk away from this and she is going to help him. They are both idiots. If she does...she deserves anything that comes her way.
This would of been a great opportunity to speak up against violence....not gunna happen.


Go ahead guys....beat your women.....cool Cris bown does...he is sooo cool...That is the message...

1862 days ago
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