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Chris Brown hearing scheduled today in L.A.

April 6, 2009 |  8:34 am

R&B singer Chris Brown is scheduled to appear in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom this afternoon to enter his plea to the felony charge that he bit, punched, choked and threatened his pop star girlfriend Rihanna.

The 19-year-old star’s arraignment was pushed back by a month the last time he appeared in court. The judge also ordered him at the March hearing not to "annoy, harass, molest, threaten or use force or violence against anyone."

Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, is not expected to appear. 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.

Brown’s hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. and most likely will not last much longer than his last appearance, which was two minutes. The singer, a Virginia native, is known for hits such as "Forever" and "Run It."

-- Victoria Kim