R&B singer Chris Brown, 19, had his arraignment downtown today and, despite earlier talk of his lawyer, Mark Geragos, massaging a plea deal with the D.A.'s office, Brown ended up pleaded not guilty to two felony charges: assault and making a criminal threat. Brown allegedly beat his girlfriend, the singer Rihanna, during an argument the two had following a pre-Grammy Awards party in February. Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg set April 29 for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to have Brown stand trial.
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Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, did not herself press charges, but today her lawyer said she would testify if called upon.