Defense efforts to delay Chris Brown's preliminary hearing failed as the California Supreme Court denied a motion by lawyer Mark Geragos to give him more time.
He sought to investigate further the leak of police photos showing Rihanna's battered face, which appeared on TMZ and may form the basis for Brown's defense.
The judge ruled earlier that the leak is not relevant to the case against Brown, at least as far as delaying a preliminary hearing - to determine if Brown will stand trial - right now. She indicated she may change her mind before a trial.
That means game on for Monday!
Don't expect any live streams from the courtroom, though. The hearing - at which Rihanna is expected to testify - will not be televised, a court spokesman said.
Los Angeles Criminal Court Judge Patricia Schnegg has decided against allowing cameras into the courtroom during Rihanna's testimony, Alan Parachini said.
Barring a last-minute plea arrangement for an unforeseen postponement, Chris Brown and Rihanna will square off in court Monday afternoon. [Photos: Fame Pictures]
Prosecutors are expected to call Rihanna, 22, as a witness Monday as they make their case that Chris Brown, 20, brutally attacked and threatened her.
Brown faces two felony counts - assault and making criminal threats - stemming from an early morning incident before the Grammy Awards February 8.
If Brown accepts a plea bargain, the hearing would be unnecessary. He would certainly like that to happen, however, the fact that no plea has been reached yet indicates the sides may not be close to reaching a mutually acceptable punishment.
Rihanna has cleared her schedule so she could be in court if prosecutors call her as a witness June 22, her lawyer, Donald Etra, said last month.
Brown, who was laying low for a few months after the alleged attack, has been out and about lately as his PR handlers try to remake his image.
He's been seen at lots of NBA playoff games, and even filmed a short video with Bow Wow on YouTube in May in which he said, "I ain't a monster."