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Friday 21 November 2014

Chris Brown enters hit-and-run plea

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Chris Brown

Chris Brown has entered a not guilty plea in his hit-and-run case stemming from a minor car accident in May.

The Los Angeles District Attorney's office brought misdemeanour offences against the singer after he was involved in a minor fender bender in May.

The victim Olga Gure-Kovalenko claimed he didn't share his insurance information or his driver's licence on the scene, which is an offence in California.

According to TMZ, Chris pled not guilty to the hit-and-run charge and he is now forced to visit a police station before August 6 since he wasn’t arrested on the day of the incident. He will be required to take a mug shot while he is being booked for the crime.

Two of the misdemeanours originally brought against the musician by prosecutors, driving without a valid licence and proof of insurance, were dismissed.

Chris will next visit court to address the hit-and-run violation on August 15.

Although Olga has since decided not to move forward in court with the case, the DA's office wants Chris to face punishment.

Prosecutors have filed papers with the judge presiding over the star's probation in connection with his 2009 Rihanna battery case. The presiding magistrate has temporarily revoked the order in light of the hit-and-run charge, but Chris is currently free on his own recognisance.

He will go to court for a probation hearing in August and should the judge deem the hit-and-run charge to be a violation Chris could see himself in prison for up to four years.

Chris is finding support from odd places on the matter, as hit and run victim Olga doesn't want to see Chris go to jail over the incident. Her lawyer is apparently testifying on his behalf.

Chris meanwhile is distraught about how things are turning out.

"I did everything I was suppose to do during the so called hit n run, I provided the correct info (sic)," he wrote on Twitter recently. "There were no injuries or damages. C'mon!!"

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