The 19-year-old singer arrived at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center at 3:24 p.m.in a black SUV, accompanied by his mother and four bodyguards. A coterie of sheriff's deputies escorted them into the building.
After hearing the counts against him—assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and making criminal threats—and being asked for his plea by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg, Brown answered with a hushed "not guilty, your honor."
Brown's legal camp, headed up by lead attorney Mark Geragos, has been busy trying to hammer out a plea deal with prosecutors that would prevent their client from having to serve any jail time. If convicted on both charges, he faces a maximum sentence of four years and eight months in prison.