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Courtroom details of alleged Rihanna attack by Chris Brown won't be televised

June 18, 2009 | 12:30 pm

Rhianna The details of the violent confrontation that left Rihanna bruised and bloodied and Chris Brown facing felony assault charges will not be broadcast to a television audience.

A judge has denied media requests for cameras in the courtroom for Monday’s preliminary hearing, according to court officials. Sketch artists will be permitted to draw the proceeding.

Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, is among the witnesses subpoenaed for the hearing, at which prosecutors must demonstrate sufficient evidence to go forward to trial.

Brown, 20, faces nearly five years in prison if convicted of two charges stemming from the February attack in Hancock Park. Rihanna, 21, told authorities that the R&B singer punched, bit and threatened her after a quarrel over text messages from another woman.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

-- Harriet Ryan

Photo: L.A. Times