Chris Brown's scheduled court appearance might be off, according to reports.
The R&B singer's initial arraignment date was set for March 5 following his arrest earlier this month for his allegedly severe beating of Rihanna.
But his court appearance "may not happen,” and may be pushed back, Los Angeles district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison tells E! News.
“We don’t have the evidence yet. [Los Angeles police detectives] are still investigating,” says Robison. “If [detectives] determine that they require more time, then they’ll set a new date for [Brown] to return to court.”
Once the LAPD finishes its investigation, prosecutors must decide whether to file felony charges, reject the charges if evidence is insufficient, or refer the case to the city attorney’s office if they decide the behavior was simply a misdemeanor.
Depending on the decision, Chris Brown may not even have to appear.
“He only has to come back if and when we file charges,” says Robison.
On Wednesday, an LAPD source also told E! News, “The D.A. is being even more thorough than usual with this case. They don’t want to mess it up.”
Prosecutors have ordered the LAPD to seek evidence for a variety of felony offenses, including domestic violence, assault resulting in great bodily injury and - based on specific allegations made by Rihanna - even attempted murder.
But making any serious felony charges stick could prove difficult in a case where there are no direct witnesses other than Rihanna and Chris Brown.
While he has yet to face formal charges, Chris Brown, who is free on bail, is taking anger management classes in a preemptive move to repair his image.
Should he be charged and convicted, such a course would almost be a certain part of his sentence. The enrollment is said to have been masterminded by PR / crisis manager Michael Sitrick, whom Brown hired in the wake of his arrest.