Chris Brown pleads not guilty to assaulting Rihanna
R&B singer Chris Brown today pleaded not guilty to a felony charge that he bit, punched, choked and threatened his pop star girlfriend,Rihanna.
A judge set a hearing for April 29, when a preliminary hearing could be scheduled.
Nearly 100 media representatives jammed the downtown courthouse entrance as Brown came through about 3:30. Deputies shielded Brown and escorted him to a freight elevator.
All available L.A. County Sheriff's deputies were summoned to the area. Although Rihanna's attorney was in court, the pop star did not attend the hearing.
Last month, a judge ordered Brown not to "annoy, harass, molest, threaten or use force or violence against anyone."
Brown faces a maximum sentence of nearly five years in prison if convicted of charges in connection with the Feb. 8 incident, which, according to police, left Rihanna’s blood splattered all over the Lamborghini he was driving.
--Harriet Ryan and Richard Winton