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Chris Brown Pleads Not Guilty

The Chris Brown-Rihanna beating saga continues: The pop star this evening pleaded not guilty to two felony counts—assault and making criminal threats—stemming from the alleged beating of his girlfriend. On Feb. 8, hours before Rihanna’s scheduled Grammy performance, Brown allegedly punched, choked and threatened to kill her after the two began fighting over a text message he received from another woman. If convicted, the 19-year-old R&B singer, who legal experts expect to accept a plea deal, faces up to four years and eight months in prison.