While Chris Brown Tries to Save Face, Rihanna Turns Away

A Rihanna-Chris Brown reunion is less than a month away.

The two will convene in the same court room June 22 for a preliminary hearing in the assault case against Brown, according to Rihanna's lawyer, Donald Etra. He and Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, appeared in a Los Angeles court today. Brown pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges in April.

"The District Attorney advised me this morning that [Rihanna] will be subpoenaed. I will accept the subpoena for her; she will appear as required by the subpoena," Etra told ABCNews.com. "If the DA calls her to testify, she will do so. She will answer all questions posed to her."

VIDEO: Chris Brown breaks his silence on the alleged beating incident involving Rihanna.
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Etra declined to comment on the state of Rihanna's relationship with Brown. ABCNews.com's calls to Geragos were not returned. Earlier this month, he filed papers in a Los Angeles court asking the city's police department to explain how photos of a beaten Rihanna, taken after the alleged altercation, were leaked on the Internet. Today, a judge rejected Geragos' motion.

Adding to Brown's drama, a photographer filed a lawsuit against him Wednesday claiming the singer's bodyguards assaulted him when he tried to take a picture of Brown playing basketball. However, in a video shot immediately after the incident and posted by TMZ.com, the photog calls the altercation "no big deal."

This week, after months of silence, Brown finally made a public statement about his alleged attack on Rihanna. He wants his "haters" to know that he's not a monster -- and by the way, buy his new album, too.

In two videos that surfaced on YouTube this week, the R&B singer, who was charged with beating, biting and choking pop star Rihanna the night before February's Grammy Awards, lashes out at his critics and at blogs who published police photos of Rihanna bloodied, bruised and sporting a black eye.

"Everybody that's haters, they just been haters," Brown says. "All my real fans, I love you all. I ain't a monster."

Prior to that, the platinum-selling singer announces, "I've got a new album, gonna be coming soon. ... I'm about to drop a single this summer for y'all. We ain't going nowhere."

In another video, Brown proclaims, "All the blog sites are liars. You guys lie. No black eye. You guys are liars."

The June 22 preliminary hearing would be the first reunion in months for Brown and Rihanna. Although Rihanna reportedly reconciled with Brown in Miami shortly after his alleged attack on her, they haven't been seen together since March. In recent weeks, they seem to have drifted further apart.

Rihanna Forging Ahead Without Brown

According to The New York Daily News, both stars plan to spend the summer working on film projects -- she in New York and he in Memphis and Los Angeles.

Rihanna, 21, unofficially re-introduced herself to the A-list party scene earlier this month, with her solo red carpet appearance at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art's costume gala. She also hit the town with her new BFF, singer Katy Perry, and has been romantically linked to the likes of Kanye West and rapper Aubrey Graham.

Rihanna seems to be practicing what she sings. According to People magazine, on May 18, she jumped on a banquette at NYC hot spot 1Oak and gave an impromptu performance of her feel-good hit song with T.I., "Live Your Life."

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