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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.

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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 ...

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Rashard Lewis led his team with 18 points and 10 rebounds last night, but the Orlando Magic lost Game Five of the NBA Finals as the L.A. Lakers won the title.

But could the power forward be scoring this offseason with Rihanna?

As we reported last week, Chris Brown and Rihanna both attended Game Four of the NBA Finals, where Brown made no secret of wanting to chat up his ex.

The “No Air” singer couldn’t resist sneaking glances at RiRi, who got served with a subpoena last week to testify after being allegedly assaulted by Brown.

At halftime, Brown made his way to her seats, and shook hands with all of her friends: “Chris was trying to make the situation less awkward,” said a witness.

“He was trying to be very grown up, and wanted Rihanna to see that.”

However, Rihanna really couldn’t have cared less, according to sources. She was at the game for a purpose, and that purpose was another guy: Rashard Lewis.

Rashard Lewis now has lots of free time to pursue Rihanna.

She attended the game in the first place at the behest of the Magic forward, who has become friendly with her, and peeps close to her say she’s "crushing on."

Says a pal of the "Umbrella" singer, “Rihanna is trying to get to know Rashard better. She’s really digging on him, and she hopes the feeling is mutual.”

While other reports claimed Rihanna was at the game to see another rumored lover − Lakers center Andrew Bynum − an insider denies that’s the case.

“Ri and Andrew are just friends, and they have been for a while. It’s Rashard who she wants. She thinks he’s hotter than hot.”

All we have to say? Poor Drake Graham.

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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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On the day it was announced that Rihanna got served and will have to testify against ex-boyfriend Chris Brown at a June 22 hearing, the singer hit the town with friends.

Rumored new fling Aubrey Graham among them.

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Rihanna and the Canadian rapper to whom she's recently been linked were first spotted smooching on May 18 at Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge in Manhattan.

Then, last night, the hot pair was sighted again!

Rihanna and Graham (who goes by the single name of Drake) laughed and chatted at a bash for the Black Eyed Peas at the NYC nightspot The Griffin.

Here's a picture of the two of them together ...

Rihanna – looking stunning in a light grey sweater dress and large hoop earrings – arrived at The Griffin shortly after 11:30 p.m. and stayed nearly two hours.

Her alleged beau left a bit earlier – only to wait outside the club's front doors. Both Rihanna and Drake drove off at the same time, in separate vehicles.

While in the club, a happy-looking Rihanna, 21, "appeared to be enjoying herself," holding court in a banquette to the left of the stage, according to sources.

What do you think? Do Rihanna and Drake make a cute couple?

 

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Chris Brown may be back in the public eye more often lately, but the singer has yet to find a way to get rid of that pesky court case hanging over his head.

Seeking to have Brown's felony assault charges thrown out, attorney Mark Geragos requested, and was denied a postponement of his preliminary hearing.

Geragos wanted a hold on the case, claiming the disturbing, leaked police photo of Rihanna's bruised face, obtained by TMZ, compromises Brown's defense.

He had requested access to records of the police's internal investigation, even though per current law, Geragos is only allowed access to the LAPD's records after the preliminary hearing ... which he's trying his hardest to delay.

The California appeals court shot down Geragos' request without giving a reason, and the preliminary hearing is still on schedule for June 22.

The preliminary hearing will determine whether the case against Brown, who has been receiving death threats, goes to trial.

If it does, Rihanna will testify, as we reported last month.

"If the preliminary hearing goes forward, she is legally required to be there, and will answer all questions truthfully," her attorney, Donald Etra, said.

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Los Angeles prosecutors have already subpoenaed Rihanna to appear in court to testify in the assault case against her ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown.

The "Umbrella" singer was served with the subpoena in person Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles, summoning her to the June 22 preliminary hearing in court.

If it gets to that point, Rihanna will also be subject to cross-examination by Geragos. The felony case could end any time with a plea bargain, making the hearing unnecessary, but the chances of that happening are unclear.

Brown has actively sought a plea for months, hoping to avoid jail time. The fact it has reached this stage suggests the sides are not too close to an agreement.

If Rihanna does end up testifying, it "can make or break the case," says L.A. criminal defense attorney Jeffery Rubenstein, who is not involved with the case.

"Rihanna's willingness to testify and be truthful about what happened is a step closer to convicting Brown. On the other hand, if prosecutors fail to present a case, Geragos can seek to dismiss or reduce the charges on the spot."

Regardless, he might want to tell Chris to rethink is PR strategy.

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Rihanna's raising more than eyebrows these days.

The hot singer, who will reportedly testify against Chris Brown this month if his assault / criminal threats case reaches trial (don't bet on that), has been demoing more new fashion and hairstyles than we can even keep track of.

This latest one is an all-timer, too.

As you can see in the photo comparison below, she's apparently going for the Woody Woodpecker look. Rihanna conjured up images of the beloved, acorn-loving avian cartoon critter when she wore her hair back - and in a giant crest - this week.

How that's what we call a hair-raising experience:

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Who wears this hairstyle better?

 

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Rihanna wore a hot Alexander Wang corset dress while out in New York City recently. No word if it ever ended up on Chris Brown's floor while they got it on.

Also recently, Paris Hilton wore the same dress to David Letterman's show.

No, not the same physical dress. Gosh, that would be gross for Rihanna if she were the second one to wear it. But they rocked the same style and designer.

Both girls showed off their legs in the short dress, although Rihanna wore sky-high hair and a sparkly silver purse, while Paris kept her blond tresses simple.

You've gotta give them both credit - they're both far more covered up than in many of the Rihanna and Paris Hilton pictures we've seen in recent weeks.

But who looked better? Sound off below!

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Who wore it better?

 

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It seems hard to believe now, but there was a time when Rihanna lay next to boyfriend Chris Brown with a look of satisfaction - as opposed to terror - on her face.

There was a time when the term "banging" between this couple was a synonym for love-making, not face-pummeling.

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There was even a time when Chris Brown made Rihanna laugh, not bleed out of numerous orifices as the result of a beating so brutal it made professional boxers wince.

Those days are long gone, of course. But the following photos serve as a reminder of happier times between this pair.

While not as intimate as the recently-discovered Rihanna nude pics, we've uncovered a few shots of the singers from the days of yore. Where did it all go wrong?

From the bedroom to the courtroom: Rihanna will testify as a witness for the prosecution in a preliminary hearing on felony charges against Brown for his alleged assault on her.

So, where did these photos come from? It's unclear. But we know this:

Chris Brown has an album coming out, Chris Brown says he is not a monster and now these pics have surfaced that are meant to show Chris Brown's soft side.

Seems like someone is doing his publication relations homework to us. What a violent phony.

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It looks like Rihanna may finally break her silence - under oath - about the alleged assault on her earlier this year by boyfriend Chris Brown.

Following a hearing in Los Angeles this morning, Rihanna's lawyer, Donald Etra, said prosecutors intend to subpoena the singer to appear at a June 22 hearing, so that a court can determine if there's enough evidence to proceed with a trial.

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"The DA has advised me that she will be subpoenaed [to testify]," Etra said, noting that Rihanna would therefore be subject to cross-examination by Chris Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos. "She absolutely will comply."

Meanwhile, Geragos was unsuccessful in gaining access to police records to find out who leaked the now-infamous battered Rihanna photo.

In denying Geragos' request, L.A. Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg said that while she agreed the leaked photo was unfortunate, she argued it had nothing to do Brown's arrest and wouldn't significantly impact his right to a fair trial.

"It matters to me not if your client is high-profile or not," the judge said. "I don't believe you're entitled [to demand access to police records]."

The attorney has been relentlessly pursuing the origin of the photo, likely trying to use it as leverage to secure a plea deal for Brown, who he believes cannot be fairly tried based on prospective jurors' existing perception of him.

Asked, after his motion was denied, if he's confident he can keep Brown from doing time, Geragos replied, "I'm not going to address any of that."

Brown, 20, has pleaded not guilty to allegedly beating Rihanna on February 8. If convicted, he faces up to four years and eight months in prison.

The embattled star was hit with another lawsuit earlier today, filed by a celebrity news photographer who alleges Brown's bodyguards assaulted him.

Experts say the felony case likely won't go to trial, but will end in a plea bargain, which could happen any time. However, this has been the theory for two months, which suggests Geragos and the D.A. have yet to find a mutually acceptable deal.

In a ridiculous video posted Tuesday with his pal Bow Wow, Brown sort of broke his silence for the first time since the incident and told fans "I ain't a monster" in an apparent reference to the case. His reps had no comment.

Meanwhile, Rihanna was spotted getting cozy with Canadian hip-hop artist Aubrey "Drake" Graham, although the rapper stated they're just friends.

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Did Amber Rose cheat on Kanye West with Cassidy?

If so, we would not want to be Cassidy right now. We have seen Kanye unleash his furor on websites, photographers ... anything that he feels is a great to take His Holiness down. We cannot even fathom his response to this story.

Fortunately, this post has nothing to do with Amber Rose ... except that the rap star may be feeling a little "paranoid" about what she's up to, no?

We're reaching, sorry. Here's Kanye and his embattled pal, Rihanna, writhing around and driving angry in his new music video for "Paranoid."

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