Rihanna would like boyfriend Chris Brown’s court case to be dealt with “expeditiously and fairly” so she can get back to her life and career, her lawyer said today.
R&B singer Brown, 19, pleaded not guilty last night at Los Angeles Superior Court to threatening and assaulting his superstar girlfriend back in February.
He was charged in March by Los Angeles County prosecutors with assault likely to cause great bodily injury and making criminal threats.
Donald Etra, Rihanna’s attorney, told reporters outside court she was in “fine spirits”.
“Her presence was not required here today. She’s doing fine – she’s with her family in Barbados.
“Her position in the case is to leave the matters of guilt or innocence to the judge, the district attorney and defence counsel,” he added.
“She would prefer that the matter be resolved expeditiously and fairly.
“She believes that the quicker this case is over, the more quickly she can get back to her life and her career, which is exactly what she would like to do.”
The lawyer said the 21-year-old 'Umbrella' singer “will be in court if she’s required to be in court”.
Brown entered his plea in a soft voice while his mother sat in the first row, red-eyed.
Court records list the 'Run It!' singer’s victim as Robyn F. Rihanna’s real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
If convicted, Brown could be sentenced to probation or nearly five years in prison.