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Rihanna will testify at next month’s hearing in the Chris Brown case, her lawyer has confirmed. Prosecutors have said that they will issue a subpoena calling the singer to discuss the events of Feb. 8, when Brown allegedly assaulted her.

Rihanna’s lawyer Donald Etra said that she will comply with the order and attend the hearing on Monday of next week. This would be the singer’s first court appearance since charges were filed against Brown in March. Etra would not comment on the current relationship between Brown and Rihanna, but said that his client was closely following the case.

Brown is accused of attacking Rihanna in the couple’s rented car on the weekend of this year’s Grammy awards. If convicted, he faces up to five years in jail. Making his first public comments since being charged, Brown said yesterday that he was “not a monster.”

Brown is also confirmed to appear at the June 22 hearing, setting the stage for a tense confrontation between the couple.

Los Angeles superior court judge Patricia Schnegg has also ruled on a motion brought by Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, regarding a police photograph of Rihanna that was apparently leaked to the press.

Judge Schnegg deemed the motion premature, calling it “a fishing expedition.”

A day after fleecing Andorra 6-0, England soccer star David Beckham launched a new underwear campaign for the Giorgio Armani fashion label.

Beckham said he was “proud but a little embarrassed” by the colossal billboard photograph of himself in nothing but a pair of tight, black briefs emblazoned with the Emporio Armani eagle logo, which now looms over London’s Oxford Street retail hub.

The 34-year-old Beckham, currently on loan to AC Milan from the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team, and his Spice Girl wife Victoria, have stripped down before for Armani campaigns.

The photograph shows the English sex symbol naked except for the underpants, perched on a chair with his legs spread. A braided rope is draped around his torso which partially covers his tattooed arms.

“He’s gorgeous,” 18-year-old model Georgia Palmer raved, one of hundreds of fans who turned up to witness Beckham’s three-minute appearance, despite a city-wide tube strike that plunged large parts of the British capital into chaos.

Fans in the crowd were mostly appreciative of the photograph, though some were more impressed by his football prowess.

“I preferred him last night on the pitch,” said eight-year-old Ben-Jasper from Germany, who stumbled upon the crowd of onlookers while exploring London on a family holiday.

Court records show singer Usher has filed for divorce from Tameka Foster Raymond after less than two years of marriage.

The 30-year-old Grammy-winning artist, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, filed the petition Friday in Superior Court in Atlanta.

The court record did not give any details about the split between the R ’n’ B star and his wife, who were married in August 2007.

Morgan Freeman’s attorney claims a woman who was with the actor when he wrecked a car in Mississippi last August was partly to blame for the accident, though he won’t elaborate.

Demaris Meyer is suing Freeman in US District Court, claiming Freeman was negligent when the car he was driving ran off the road and flipped.

Both Meyer and Freeman were seriously injured in the crash on a two-lane highway about 8km west of Freeman’s home.

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