New York (ANI): Singer Chris Brown is in 'intense' negotiations on a plea deal over his alleged beating of girlfriend Rihanna, according to a source. The R n B star has to appear in court on April 6, where he will either plead not guilty to two felony counts that arose from the violent incident, or ask to have the arraignment postponed again, said the source.
"It's expected to be resolved at some point soon. Rihanna wants it resolved as well," the New York Daily News quoted the source as saying. The source also claimed that the 19-year-old singer wants to avoid any jail time. Brown doesn't want to plead guilty to the felony criminal threats charge because it would be a 'strike' on his record under California's Three Strikes law.
Thus, negotiations on the felony assault charge will be done between defence lawyer Mark Geragos and prosecutors. "The arraignment is coming up on Monday, that's all I can tell you," said district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons.
Brown was charged with allegedly punching, choking, and biting Rihanna before the Grammy Awards on Feb. 8. He's also accused of threatening to kill her.