Chris Brown Wants To Delay Assault Hearing

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Chris Brown's lawyer appealed a lower court ruling to keep the hearing as scheduled.

Five days and counting.

That's when Chris Brown is set to appear in court and face charges that he assaulted ex-girlfriend Rihanna. However, Reuters is reporting that Brown's legal team has filed a second motion to postpone the singer's preliminary hearing that would delay the court appearance set for Monday, June 22. Brown has pleaded not guilty to charges that he beat Rihanna on February 8. Chris Brown Pleads 'Not Guilty'

If the trial goes on Brown would see his ex on the stand—Rihanna's lawyers have indicated that she is willing to testify against her 20-year-old ex.

This is the second time Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, has attempted to delay the hearing. Geragos wants a probe of the Los Angeles Police Department's leak of a photo of Rihanna taken after the assault. The photo shows the singer's face swollen, bruised and barely recognizable, and Geragos is arguing that if potential jurors have seen the photo they might not be able to remain unbiased. Last month, a judge denied Geragos' request, saying it was too early in the case to deal with the photo issue.

There has been no word yet from the state Supreme Court over Brown's appeal, but it's possible the court will not rule prior to the hearing next week. 

Brown, known for such hits as "Forever," and "With You," and Rihanna ("Umbrella," "Pon de Replay") began dating in 2008. The couple remained together through February when the alleged assualt took place. They reunited a few weeks later, but called it quits shortly after.

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