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California Supreme Court won't block preliminary hearing in Chris Brown-Rihanna case

June 17, 2009 | 11:59 am

The California Supreme Court won’t stand in the way of a preliminary hearing for R&B singer Chris Brown, accused of assaulting and threatening pop star Rihanna.

At its weekly conference this morning, the high court decided not to intervene in the case, which could see Rihanna take the stand against her former beau.

Brown’s lawyer had asked the justices to postpone the June 22 hearing to consider whether a Superior Court judge was correct in denying a defense request for access to internal police files.

The attorney, Mark Geragos, said the records could relate to the leak of a photo of Rihanna’s bloodied face to the gossip site TMZ.com. Judge Patricia Schnegg said that the defense was only entitled to request such files for the trial and not the preliminary hearing.

Brown, 19, faces nearly five years in prison if convicted of two felonies in the alleged attack on the 21-year-old singer, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

-- Harriet Ryan