Rihanna to Testify If Called: Lawyer
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 6, 2009 6:30 PM CST

(Newser) – Rihanna's attorney says the singer would testify against Chris Brown if called as a witness in her boyfriend's assault case, the AP reports. Donald Etra, who is representing the 21-year-old Barbados native, said today that Rihanna would be required by law to testify if prosecutors subpoena her. Etra appeared in court yesterday when Brown made his first appearance on charges of assaulting his superstar girlfriend.

Etra said Rihanna did not want a "no contact" order issued against Brown, but that she will report any violations of an order prohibiting the 19-year-old singer from threatening, harassing or harming his girlfriend. A court order grants her the authority to record any violations of the order. The order is not uncommon in such cases, but "there are limits to when you can record phone calls and conversations," one attorney said.