Chris Brown's legal team has lost an early round in the singer's assault defense. The singer's lawyers were denied a bid to delay the upcoming preliminary hearing in his two-felony case, the AP reports, so the proceeding will take place as scheduled on June 22nd. Brown's lawyer Mark Geragos had filed the appeal for postponement for good reason: As Rock Daily previously reported, the Los Angeles District Attorney announced that they will subpoena Rihanna to testify at the June 22nd hearing, and Rihanna's attorney has pledged his client will cooperate with the prosecution.
There also may have been good reason why Chris Brown's bodyguards allegedly assaulted a paparazzo while the troubled R&B singer was at a Los Angeles gym: According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Brown has hired a fleet of security to protect him after receiving what's considered legitimate death threats following his February 8th incident with Rihanna. A source says the threats have made Brown "totally paranoid," especially considering there have been "indications the potential assassin could be disguised as a paparazzi," the Sun-Times writes.
The report comes from a Los Angeles Police Department insider, who says the threats are coming from a group called the "Women's Protection Action League," although it could be just one person making the threats. While the Internet is rampant with promises of violence against Brown since he allegedly left Rihanna with "horrific injuries" following a pre-Grammy party — our own comment section included — the threats Brown has received are substantial enough for the young star to travel around with at least three large bodyguards whenever he goes out into public, with another few "incognito" security members protecting him as well.