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One day after the Chris Brown plea deal assured the singer would avoid jail time on assault and criminal threats charges, he has a new song surfacing online.

The title: "Not My Fault."

Think it might have something to do with certain recent events? The lyrics deal with a girl he used to date - a singer, no less - who got "caught up." Hmm.

Caught up in a media circus and assault trial after he allegedly walloped her, perhaps? Caught up in a romance with another man (Drake)? Who's to say.

HIS FAULT: Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assault Monday.

On the Neptunes-produced track, Chris Brown goes on to warble that, when he first met the mystery woman, he promised she would be "saved" by him.

And wouldn't you know it, Monday, Brown "saved" Rihanna, who was on hand for the preliminary hearing, from the indignity of taking the stand during the assault trial to describe how he used her face as a speedbag. What a gentleman!

Check out the song below, at least until it's taken down in a matter of minutes, and tell us what you think. Is it about Rihanna? Regardless, does it suck?

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Did yet another celebrity get preferential treatment because of fame?

After pleading guilty to a felony assault charge on Monday, the Chris Brown plea deal allows the singer to avoid going to jail for being up Rihanna.

He agreed to five years' probation, 52 weeks in an anti-domestic violence program and 180 days of labor service, and must stay clear of his ex.

Did the music star receive a light sentence considering what he did? The consensus among criminal defense attorneys seems to be ... yes and no.

According to some, Brown's fame may have worked against him in crafting the plea bargain, despite the way he fervently annihilated Rihanna's face.

Typically, first-time felony assault offenders avoid jail time, just like Brown. But many simply do probation and domestic violence counseling and then move on, without donning an orange jumpsuit and picking trash off of the highway.

In general, plea bargains usually involve a defendant choosing between a mix of hard labor, community service, probation and jail. If a defendant chooses jail, then the sentencing period usually shrinks by a factor of two or three to one.

In other words, Chris Brown sought to avoid jail time, which he could have faced given the severity of the charges, so his work sentence was harsher.

Had he agreed to jail, he may have only had to do a few weeks or a month, which would suck, but would hasten his return to singing, dancing and making lame Youtube videos with Bow Wow. Right now, he's got a job for six months.

Compared with overall sentencing statistics, Brown's punishment appears a bit harsher than average. But factoring in the worldwide notoriety of the incident and the vulnerability of the victim (a woman), he probably got lucky too.

So basically ... what do you think? Was the punishment just?

 

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Chris Brown has copped a plea bargain in his assault and criminal threats case and will not serve time in jail, as per an agreement reached just moments ago.

Rihanna was in court today but the plea was announced before the preliminary hearing even took place, so she did not testify. The details on Brown's deal:

  • Chris Brown will spend 180 days in a labor diversion program in Virginia, where he lives. This is a step tougher community service - Brown must do regimented, hard labor (like highway cleanup) during that time, but may live at home.
  • He will work eight hours a day during that span (1,440 hours total).
  • He received five years probation for felony assault. He must return to court every three months for a status report during those five years. If Brown in any way violates probation, he could get up to four years in prison.
  • He must enroll in a domestic violence counseling program.
  • He must stay completely clear from Rihanna at all times. If they are at the same public events, he still must keep 10 yards' distance.
  • As Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to the felony assault charge, he is a convicted felon who loses the right to vote or carry a gun.


The judge presiding over the case said she wanted to make sure Chris Brown "was treated as any other person who comes through this court."

Do you agree with the punishment?

 

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Rihanna is set to take the stand as a witness against Chris Brown in his preliminary hearing today, with the festivities starting at 1:45 PM PST (4:45 EST).

Suffice it to say, her testimony is hugely important, an could potentially make or break the case against her ex-boyfriend. All bets are off at this point.

A few burning questions for today's hearing:

  • Will she stick to the story she told cops the night of the alleged beating? Rihanna said Brown had beaten her before and the violence was escalating?
  • Will Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, cross-examine Rihanna?
  • Additionally, if the case goes to trial, will Geragos argue that she was the initial aggressor, repeatedly hitting him before he began pounding on her?
  • Will the photo of Rihanna's battered face be admitted? Or the pics that were supposedly taken the next day - after the bruising and swelling settled, and looked even worse - that were not leaked to the press?

The judge has rejected TV or livestream coverage for today's hearing, but we will be posting updates with additional information as it becomes available.

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Hooks up in the professional sense, that is. Not in the sense of a make-out session between them, or delivering a devastating right hook to her dome.

Even with his preliminary hearing scheduled for tomorrow, Chris Brown isn't letting legal problems get in the way of putting together his new album.

Not a Gentleman

Keri Hilson, a hit-making songwriter and singing superstar in her own right, tells E! Online that Chris recently asked for her help in the studio.

"He contacted me like four or five days ago," Hilson said. "Us working together will be the first project I've worked on as a songwriter in a while."

This wouldn't be the first time for the two. They dueted on "Superhuman," plus Hilson wrote "Young Love," a track on Brown's debut album.

Despite Chris Brown's alleged walloping of Rihanna on February 8, Keri Hilson thinks his fans will stick with him, especially as more time passes.

"It is unfortunate what they are going through, but I feel like if you've ever had a fan base, you're really only one song away from appeasing that base," she said of Chris Brown, whose PR firm is actively trying to remake his image.

"Whether that song is autobiographical or whether you want to talk about it or not, you're just one hit away. That's what I think of the industry in a nutshell."

Lil Wayne is another controversial star Hilson has collaborated with. Most recently, two women (Nivea Hamilton and Lauren London) came out and said that they are currently pregnant with babies fathered by the frequently-arrested rapper.

"I'm still kind of hoping it's not true," Hilson said of Lil Wayne's losing battle with condoms. "I'm a face-value person. I won't believe it until I see it."

Give it about 6-7 months then, Keri.

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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.

  • Chris Pic
  • Rihanna Sunglasses

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."

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Chris Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, has petitioned the California Supreme Court to postpone his client's upcoming preliminary hearing, scheduled for Monday.

While his PR peeps plot his every public move, his attorney is doing all he can to buy time in the assault and criminal threats case pending against Brown.

Geragos wants to delay the hearing until a judge decides if he can have access to LAPD records of its investigation into the battered Rihanna photo leak.

The state appeals court denied the same request last week.

Whether this is a stalling tactic as Geragos negotiates a plea, or if he really plans to use the photo leak as the crux of Brown's defense, remains to be seen.

Chris Brown Live Photo

Rihanna has been subpoeaned to testify at the June 22 hearing and her attorney, Donald Etra, says she's planning to comply with the prosecution's wishes.

Of course, neither music star wants to see a trial happen.

Chris Brown is accused of threatening the life and pounding the living daylights out of the 21-year-old Rihanna after a pre-Grammy party on February 8.

He would undeniably accept a plea bargain if one were on the table that allowed him to avoid jail time. The fact that this has not taken place already, however, suggests a lack of interest from the prosecution in allowing it.

Brown and Rihanna were last seen together - sort of - at Game Four of the NBA Finals. He was then seen with a Rihanna lookalike at Game Five. Obviously.

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As we've talked about at length, Chris Brown is in the throes of a campaign to resurrect his image as his trial for felony assault and criminal threats looms.

But who is it geared towards? And is it working?

Brown Photo

According to people familiar with Brown's efforts, he hired Sitrick and Company, a crisis management firm for which he more than qualifies as a client.

The firm has been calculating every move he's made over the last six weeks. From the NBA Finals games, to the "I ain't a monster" video, to the antics with Omarion - the objective has been to make the images of Rihanna's battered face disappear.

How will this play with a jury if his case goes to trial?

Chris Brown and BFF Omarion out having fun last week.

A source says Brown has been told going clubbing could hurt his chances with a jury - it's just too flip. For the most part, he's obeyed his handlers, however, they weren't happy when Brown hit a club with the Kardashians and Bow Wow.

Basically, the PR strategy is the opposite of what many would urge - laying low until trial. They want Chris Brown out and about, resuming life within limits.

Ironically, Rihanna may actually be helping Chris Brown by resurrecting her glamorous self and getting on with her life. She is scheduled to take the stand next Monday in Brown's preliminary hearing, unless a plea deal is hashed by then.

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Rihanna's appearance at Game Four of the NBA Finals Thursday caused quite a stir, and nearly resulted in a run-in with her embattled ex, Chris Brown, who was a front-row regular at the Orlando Magic-LA Lakers series and throughout the playoffs.

It turns out Rihanna attended the game because she's crushing on Rashard Lewis of the Magic, and she and Brown didn't cross paths, though they came close.

Into the Light

Last night's Game Five, however, was a different story. The two were sitting right next to each other ... or were they? Check out this photo from the game ...

Is this a photo of Chris Brown and Rihanna? Follow the jump and see ...

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The Los Angeles Lakers essentially wrapped up the NBA Championship last night, as they took a three games to one lead with a 99-91 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Fortunately, a pair of sideline sightings have enabled our staff to ignore the depressing fact that Kobe Bryant will soon be holding up the Larry O'Brien trophy again.

Both Rihanna and Chris Brown sat courtside for the contest. While sources claim the former couple "requested to sit together" at one point, they ended up occupying seats in separate sections.

In one sense, the outing isn't unusual for Rihanna. She was one of a number of celebrities to attend Game Two in Los Angeles. But that was played in her hometown.

Moreover, it didn't take place two days after Rihanna was subpoenaed to appear in court to testify against Brown for beating the daylights out of her.

We hope these duel appearances don't signify a reconciliation between Brown and his former punching bag. She's much better off with Aubrey Graham.

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Christopher Maurice Brown
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