Although Rihanna has reportedly refused to press charges against her boyfriend Chris Brown after reuniting with him in Miami over the weekend, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has, and now he’s facing two felony charges.
So, will Rihanna stand by Chris, as he faces possible jail time? Los Angeles defense lawyer and former prosecutor Steve Sitkoff told People magazine on Friday (March 6) that Rihanna is no longer cooperating, which could “make or break the case,” he said. However, he adds: “the DAs may not need her if Brown is willing to strike a plea deal.”
Rihanna’s representation, lawyer Donald Etra, contradicted that statement to MTV News, claiming that the singer is more than willing to testify is the law requires.
“At this point, she is willing to do anything that the law requires her to do. … If subpoenaed, she will testify,” Entra said. As far as the couple’s current relationship, Etra said now is “neither the time nor the place to discuss their relationship.”
While taking the stand may be an option for Rihanna, experts tell People that she cannot be threatened with jail time if she refuses to take the stand. If she does refuse, it could hurt the DA’s case because statements she gave police following the incident may only be used if she does, in fact, testify.
Right now, it’s a waiting game to see what happens.
Brown showed up in court on Thursday (March 5) with his lawyer, but did not enter a plea. Instead, his lawyer asked for a continuance in the case, postponing the singer’s arraignment until April 6.