Rihanna is soon to testify against Chris Brown, who allegedly assaulted her about 4 months ago. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the case:
What will Rihanna say?
Rihanna’s lawyer has steadfastly said the singer will comply with prosecutors and tell the truth. Her testimony is expected to mirror a detective’s report about the alleged assault. Experts say she could be on the stand for approximately two hours, including cross-examination by Brown’s attorney. Cameras won’t be allowed in the courtroom.
Will Brown be there?
Yes, he’s required to attend.
Can Rihanna be forced to testify?
No. Rihanna is legally required to appear in court. But she can refuse to take the stand and, since this is a domestic violence case, the court cannot threaten her with jail time to compel her to speak. At most, she could be punished with fines or other sanctions, but a judge may be reluctant to do so.
What about the rumors that Rihanna hit Chris and started the alleged fight?
The question will almost certainly be raised in testimony. The detective’s report makes no mention that Rihanna physically instigated the alleged fight, which the report says erupted over a text message Brown received from a previous lover. Lawyers for both Rihanna and Brown had no comment on this question. The judge also may not allow questions to be asked about previous physical fights the couple may have had, which would be seen as outside the scope of a preliminary hearing.