Rihanna and Chris Brown Come Face to Face in Court

Since she was bloodied and bruised in February, pop singer Rihanna has said nothing about the assault or her accused attacker, Chris Brown. Today she is expected to break her silence when she testifies for the prosecution in the assault case against her ex-boyfriend.

Brown's preliminary hearing, which will be closed to cameras, is scheduled for today in Los Angeles. The purpose of the hearing is to determine if there is enough evidence for Brown to stand trial.

VIDEO: Rihanna is set to testify in Chris Browns assault case.
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Rihanna's testimony could make or break the case. Brown could face up to four years in prison if convincted.

The "Umbrella" singer was subpoenaed last Tuesday in the law offices of her attorney, Donald Etra.

"My expectation is that she will be called to take the stand," said Etra of his client, Rihanna. "She plans to tell the truth about what happened."

Etra declined to comment on the status of Rihanna's relationship with Brown or her state of mind.

What Rihanna will say is anyone's guess. Following the assault, she first reunited with Brown, whom she had dated for about a year, but has since distanced herself.

Former California prosecutor William Gagen seems to think her testimony will benefit prosecutors.

"What happens with domestic violence cases in a general way is the victim is unwilling to testify because they got back together or they don't want to break down the marital union against the spouse," Gagen said. "But there probably is no privilege here since they are not married.

"I would think the prosecutor would have a clear road map of where she is going go," he added.

Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, will also have an opportunity to cross-examine Rihanna.

Geragos has tried to delay the hearing. Last week, he filed a motion to push back the hearing until he could view police records. Geragos has pointed the finger at L.A. police for leaking a bombshell photo of a bruised and battered Rihanna.

The judge denied the request and Geragos filed the same papers with California's Supreme Court, which has yet to take up motion, according to the Los Angeles Times. So for now, it appears the hearing will go on.

ABCNews.com looks back at the events that led up to the hearing:

Feb. 7, 2009

Rihanna and Brown are all smiles at a high-profile industry party together at mega-producer Clive Davis' home on Saturday, the night before they were both scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards.

Feb. 8, 2009

Brown and Rihanna are involved in an early morning argument and assault in his car while parked in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Responding to a 911 call about a disturbance, the LAPD takes statements from a female with visible injuries, who named Brown as her attacker.

Brown, who had fled the scene, later turns himself into police and was charged with two felonies, assault and making criminal threats, and was released after posting $50,000 bail. Grammy producers scramble to fill the slots allotted to Brown and Rihanna, as both are a no-show.

Feb. 15, 2009

Brown releases a statement : "Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired. I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God's help, to emerging a better person."

The statement comes too late for advertisers for the Milk Mustache campaign and Wrigley's Doublemint gum, which severed their relationship with Brown. Some radio stations also stop airing Brown's songs.

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