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The district attorney's public information officer told ABC News "nothing will happen this week," meaning Brown will not be charged this week.

But the New York Daily News stresses both Brown and Rihanna will appear in court next week, again quoting an anonymous source: "She'll be there -- she has to testify."

What Next for Rising Stars?

In the wake of the Feb. 8 incident, both Brown and Rihanna put their careers on hold. He canceled a slew of scheduled appearances as she postponed multiple tour dates.

For Brown, backlash came fast. His "Got Milk" and Wrigley's ad campaigns ended days after the alleged altercation; radio stations in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis pulled his music soon after.

Marvet Britto, founder of brand management firm The Britto Agency, speculated that until Brown offers a sincere apology and in-depth explanation of what happened, his career will remain at a standstill.

"He needs to restore his image with his fans and his public. He can't expect that time elapsed will help him rebound from the black cloud that's hovering over his life and his career," she said. "We need to see Chris step up and explain what transpired."

Will he still sing songs? Sure. But with his clean-cut image destroyed, the potential for Brown to become a cross-platform superstar a la Justin Timberlake or Will Smith is likely no more.

"While he may sell records again -- because all that really takes is a hit song -- he will not be held in the same high regard that he once was," Britto said.

As for Rihanna, if she ends her romance with Brown, Britto believes that once she is mentally and physically healed, she can pick up right where she left off -- recording and touring without directly addressing the drama.

But if she stays with Brown, as some rumors suggest she might, that will call for a different course of action.

"She is now, like it or not, the most famous face of domestic abuse. If Rihanna emerges again with Chris Brown, she will absolutely have to address her mindset and the actions leading up to that," Britto said. "She owes her fans and supporters an explanation if she decides to continue her very public relationship with him."

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