The subject of the new hearing in the Chris Brown case we reported on yesterday has been revealed, and is pretty much along the lines of what we predicted.
Sources close to Brown and Rihanna say Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, wants the judge to give Rihanna a pass from testifying because of leaks in the case.
Geragos and Rihanna's lawyer, Donald Etra, believe Rihanna was "compromised" when her name surfaced as the alleged victim in the February 8 beating.
The cops did not officially name her as the victim, but as often happens in high-profile criminal investigations, the info made its way into the press just the same.
They claim this and other leaks - presumably her battered face photo will be Exhibit A at the hearing - violate her privacy rights and therefore she should not have to further expose herself to the public by testifying against Brown.
Will lawyers for Rihanna and Chris Brown succeed in their legal strategy to excuse the former from testifying about how the latter used her as a human speedbag?
Geragos asked for, and was granted, a hearing with the judge in chambers, along with the prosecutors, on March 23 to discuss letting Rihanna off the hook.
Brown's arraignment is set for April 6. He is charged with two felony offenses - assault and making criminal threats - and could face up to four years in jail.
Will the judge, Patricia Schnegg, go for it? If she does, would the LAPD's case against Brown be a lost cause? Both of those questions are unclear, but this is certainly proof Rihanna and Brown are back together and forming a united front.