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She may not have a choice.

Despite the Rihanna-Chris Brown reconciliation a few weeks after his allegedly brutal assault on her, lawyer Donald Etra says the 21-year-old singer could wind up on the stand in the felony assault case against her boyfriend, like it or not.

"She is planning to do everything that the law requires her to do," Etra told celeb news magazine Us. "If she is required to testify, she will do so."

She is almost certainly not eager to, though.

Rihanna was not present Thursday as Chris Brown, 19, briefly appeared in court after being charged with two felony offenses (assault likely to cause great bodily injury and making criminal threats) in the now-infamous Feb. 8 incident.

Rihanna Us Weekly Cover

Rihanna did not request a restrictive order that Brown stay away from her, and Etra said his client has provided no comment on the outcome she wants in the case.

"The fact is, what Rihanna desires most is that it be quick and expeditious," he said. "She wants to get back to her life and her career. She is doing fine."

"She really appreciates the love and support of her fans."

The attorney declined to comment on reports that Brown is currently taking anger management classes, and dismissed questions about the new shocking details of the case. On rumors that Rihanna was pregnant at the time, Etra said:

"We are not going to discuss that. Rumors are just gossip. There is no point. Idle rumors are gossip, for which there is no basis."

Brown, who is free on $50,000 bail, is due back in court April 6.

Whether Rihanna testifies against him or whether there will even be a trial in this case remains up in the air. His lawyer is surely trying to get a plea deal worked out.

But regardless, should she stay with him after all that happened?

 

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Welcome, celebrity gossip fans, to The Hollywood Gossip Caption Contest, a Friday tradition, now in its 72nd week. Who won this week's Caption Contest?

This photo of The Bachelor's Jason Mesnick and Melissa Rycroft generated some great responses. We've chosen Denise as this week's winner. Congratulations!

Jason Mesnick, Melissa Rycroft Proposal

DeAnna, I mean Molly, no, sorry I mean Melissa. Will you marry me?

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Up-and-coming fashion designer Jason Wu may have gotten major attention after he created Michelle Obama's inaugural ball gown, but it looks like Michael Kors is running a close second with some non-TV-related press thanks to Mrs. O, too.

Not only did Michelle Obama's White House portrait feature a black Kors ensemble, but she sports an eye-scorching blood orange (red?) dress on the April cover of O.

Kendall Jenner Fashion

This is celebrity fashion news in and of itself, as the only person to ever grace the cover of O during its nine year history is, well, the Big O herself. We mean Oprah.

Bruce Weber shot the cover of the magazine, upon which Oprah is wearing Rachel Roy and touting this as the first interview Obama allowed in the White House.

Technically, wouldn't that honor belong to the already-released March issue of Vogue? Either way, do you like the dress Michelle wears on the new cover of O?

The wife of U.S. President Barack Obama has become our de facto celebrity style icon in-chief since he took office in January. She recently became the second First Lady to grace the cover of Vogue (after Hillary Rodham Clinton).

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Paris Hilton can do whatever the hell she wants to Doug Reinhardt. Dude has to be well aware of what nastiness he's getting himself into. Literally.

The last time the ho-tel heiress decided to take one of our favorite female stars under her wing, though? We don't have to tell you what happened.

Smiling Hayden

THIS and THAT happened.

So we can't help but be concerned about newly-single Hayden Panettiere, who has apparently been partying with the former sex tape star of late.

Since splitting with 31-year-old Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia last month, Hayden, 19, joined Hilton at L.A. hot spots Apple Lounge and Guy’s.

Even worse, she marked her new BFF’s 28th birthday at Paris' pad.

Sounds like the breakup hasn't left her jaded by older men, either.

With Paris as mentor, she’s coming on to every older man in her path, such as Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis, 46, and actor Gerard Butler, 39.

“Hayden is really mature, so she goes for guys that are older,” a source tells OK!

That's not what we heard about her at all, but she's only 19, so we sort of understand. It's not like she's parading around clubs in no pants or anything.

Yet. Seriously, we hope she ditches the skank before it's too late. We want our site's gallery of Hayden Panettiere photos to be appropriate for all ages.

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Continuing his apology publicity tour, Jason Mesnick insists he never cheated on The Bachelor winner Melissa Rycroft with runner-up Molly Malaney before he publicly dumped the former for the latter on the "After the Final Rose" special.

It's not easy being "the most hated man in America right now," or so Jason said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this morning, where he offered this to fans:

"I think what I want to do is to apologize to everybody out there. All the fans of the show because thank you for watching, but this was my real life."

"It was the hardest thing I've had to do," Jason said of the controversial switcheroo.

"I made some big mistakes and that's what I wanted to sit here and talk about today - the mistakes I made. But in the end I found my true love."

Jason and Molly on Ellen

He also expressed regret over telling Melissa Rycroft on camera about Molly (Melissa said Jason lied about her yesterday in her own interview on Ellen).

"I completely regret doing that," Mesnick said with seeming sincerity and Molly Malaney by his side. "I regretted it every single day since that happened."

"I will regret it every day for the rest of my life. The producers obviously really wanted me to do it on the show, but I take responsibility for my actions."

Follow the jump for more reactions from Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, and a video of their interview with Ellen DeGeneres ...

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Girls Gone Wild honcho Joe Francis and Brody Jenner were apparently involved in a bar brawl at a Los Angeles club on Wednesday evening.

Sources say the argument broke out at the hot spot My House after Francis accidentally hit Brody’s girlfriend, model Jayde Nicole, in the head.

"Francis reached out to grab Brody and ended up hitting Jayde in the head," a source says. "Brody defended her, and it turned into a huge fight."

Adds another, "Security dragged Francis out. Joe hit Jayde and was making death threats against Brody. Brody Jenner has filed a police report."

Brody was likely there celebrating Whitney Port's birthday.

Playboy Party

In a statement, the creepy Francis tells Us Weekly: "I went to give Brody a hug, and I guess my elbow accidentally bumped the back of his girlfriend's head. I didn’t even know that happened until this morning. I was shocked."

"Brody and I are longtime friends," Francis goes on.

"I think he was a little drunk, and he started yelling at me, but it's all okay. He was angry. Brody's girlfriend is the type of girl that gets off creating drama."

"She was winding him up. There was no physical altercation. I would never threaten to beat him up or get in a fight. The whole thing was 20 seconds."

Security reportedly kicked him of the club.

Click to enlarge some recent pictures of Brody and Jayde. No more pictures of Joe Francis are necessary at this time, thank you very much ...

  • B. Jenner
  • Backless Jayde Nicole
  • Jayde and Brody
  • Jayde Nicole and Brody Jenner Photo
  • Jayde Nicole and Brody Jenner Pic

[Photo Credits: Splash News Online]

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Shortly after Chris Brown arrived in an L.A. courthouse for his arraignment on Thursday to face two felony charges in connection with an alleged February 8 attack on Rihanna, further proceedings were postponed until April 6.

He did not enter a plea.

During the short session at the L.A. Superior Court, Brown signed a waiver stating that he understood that his attorney, Mark Geragos, would be appearing for him when the arraignment continues in four weeks.

The singer - wearing a gray suit with a light gray tie and matching vest - stepped out of a black SUV Escalade 3:30 p.m. PST before entering the building.

Meanwhile, attorney Donald Etra was representing Rihanna, who did not appear at the arraignment, and he said that she asked him to attend on her behalf.

"The victim is entitled to be represented at all proceedings," he said.

The court commissioner, Kristi Loustau, offered a "Level 1" protective order for Rihanna, which is the lowest level of a stay-away order for the victim.

"You are not to annoy, harass, molest or use any form of violence against anyone," Loustau told a solemn Chris Brown during the court hearing.

More news and Chris Brown photos after the jump ...

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Ever-troubled singer Amy Winehouse was greeted by police at her home today and charged with allegedly assaulting a fan during an incident last year.

Wino allegedly smacked around a fan who had the audacity to ask her for a picture. This person should really know better than to engage a crackhead.

Amy, who had just returned from a sun-kissed St. Lucia vacation, was set free and has been ordered to appear in court later this month (March 17).

A spokesman for London's Metropolitan Police told the press in a statement, "[Amy Winehouse] has been charged. She will appear on bail at City of Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday 17th March charged with common assault."

The Beehive Returns

If Amy Winehouse is having run-ins with the cops, it must be Friday.

Per their regulations, the police will not name the person whom Winehouse is alleged to have assaulted, though the spokesman confirms, "It is connection with an incident taking place is Berkeley Square on the 26th September 2008."

The chick's name is Sherene Flash. Don't even try to stymie us with your protocol, guys. We archive all our Amy Winehouse news and gossip for a reason.

While Amy Winehouse is supposedly mellowing out lately, it's only a matter of time before she blows up again. Come on, she's back in the UK now!

Let's just say that if we were Blake Fielder-Civil's 16-year-old girlfriend Francesca Morralee, we'd be watching our back on the way to school.

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It's official: Lauren Conrad is leaving The Hills.

After months of speculation that the reality TV starlet will be retiring at the end of the current season (including quotes from Lauren herself that she is ready to move on), The Hills executive producer Liz Gateley has confirmed it.

Riding to Greatness

Lauren Conrad's final appearance will be in the upcoming season five (which debuts March 30 on MTV), and she is not expected back on the series after that.

"It is bittersweet," Gateley says. "But I understand why [Lauren Conrad] is ready to say goodbye. I will be forever grateful for all that she shared with us in her life, and am incredibly proud of the television we made together."

Sources connected to the show say that Lauren Conrad has already filmed her final scene for The Hills, and it was a very emotional goodbye. [Photo: Splash News]

"She filmed Wednesday at Comme Ça with [Brody Jenner] in the afternoon," says a Hills insider, "then with Brody at Beso. It filmed out of order so it wasn't like a goodbye scene. But then the entire restaurant stood up and gave her a round of applause and she got tears and [executive producer] Adam DeVillo gave her flowers."

Another insider says there were "definitely tears. All around the room. I don't think anyone expected it to be so emotional, but five years is a long time."

The source says Lauren Conrad was set to shoot a scene at Joan's on Third restaurant in W Hollywood yesterday; however, the shoot was rained out.

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The Britney Spears Circus tour is getting rave reviews from those closest to the singer - her siblings, cousins, her ex-husand and their two sons.

"Britney's whole family was there, her parents Jamie and Lynn Spears, [sister] Jamie Lynn Spears, [brother] Bryan Spears, his wife Graciella Sanchez, her cousins [including] Laura Lynn [Covington], friends from Kentwood – everyone thought it was a fantastic show and she just nailed it," a source close to Spears tells People.

The source was referring to the Louisiana native's kickoff concert Tuesday night at the New Orleans Arena, the first stop on her 36-show tour.

Added the source: "They all thought Britney was so amazing – her energy, her spirit."

Sean Preston, Britney and Jayden James in the Magic Kingdom.

Also in attendance: the singer's sons Sean Preston, 3, and Jayden James, 2, and their dad Kevin Federline. "He was there to support her as well," says the source, adding that the boys stayed backstage as "it's just too loud for them."

The "spectacular" (to quote her manager Larry Rudolph) Cirque du Soleil-style show also got the thumbs-up from fans, and marks the pop star's first tour in five years and comes after a year of getting her life back together.

After a brief stop in the Magic Kingdom Theme Park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Spears hit Atlanta last night, with 10 shows on the East Coast to follow.

Click to enlarge photos from her Atlanta show ...

  • Britney's Body
  • Ring Leader
  • Queen and Subjects
  • The Circus Main Event
  • Lemme Out!
  • Carry Her Away
  • Sparkle Pants

[Photo Credits: Splash News Online]

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