- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2009

LOS ANGELES — Chris Brown has pleaded not guilty to threatening and assaulting his girlfriend, fellow music superstar Rihanna.

The 19-year-old R&B singer appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom Monday alongside his attorney.

He entered his plea in a soft voice while his mother sat in the first row, red-eyed.

Mr. Brown was charged in March by Los Angeles County prosecutors with felony assault likely to cause great bodily injury and making criminal threats. He was arrested nearly a month earlier after police said he was involved in an early morning altercation with a woman who identified the “Run It!” singer as her attacker.

Court records list Mr. Brown’s victim as “Robyn F.” Rihanna’s real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

The 21-year-old “Umbrella” singer was represented by attorney Donald Etra.

If convicted, Mr. Brown could be sentenced to probation or nearly five years in prison.

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