Chris Brown Appears in Court on Domestic Violence Charges

The judge orders the singer "not to annoy, harass, molest, threaten or use force or violence against anyone"

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A solemn and nervous-looking Chris Brown stood before a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner Thursday after being charged with felonies in the alleged beating of girlfriend Rihanna.

Brown, 19, did not enter a plea, and his arraignment was delayed until April 6. But the commissioner issued a protective order against the singer, saying, “Mr. Brown, you are not to annoy, harass, molest, threaten or use force or violence against anyone.”

Brown, wearing a gray suit with a white handkerchief, stood next to his attorney Mark Geragos and answered only, “Yes” and “Yes, ma’am,” to Commissioner Kristi Lousteau’s procedural questions.

Rihanna, 21, did not attend the five-minute session, but her lawyer, Donald Etra, was in court. He did not request a more restrictive order that Brown stay away from her. The couple have reconciled since her alleged beating.

Asked on the way out of the courtroom how Rihanna was holding up, Etra said, “She’s doing great. She is making sure her rights are being protected at every stage of the proceedings.” As for why Rihanna didn’t want a stay-away order, he said, “She did not feel a stay-away order was necessary.”

The L.A. District Attorney’s Office announced earlier Thursday that Brown was being charged with two felonies – assault and making criminal threats – in the alleged beating Rihanna last month.

If convicted, Brown faces anywhere from probation to a maximum four years and eight months in state prison, DA spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.

The formal charges come almost a month after the couple argued early in the morning of Feb. 8, just hours before Rihanna and Brown were both scheduled to perform at the Grammys.

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