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Bobby Brown to go on trial for abuse

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Bobby Brown will have to go on trial on charges of slapping Whitney Houston, a judge ruled Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. No trial date was set, and a court clerk said it could be as long as a year before it takes place, a court clerk told AP. The singer, who was warned on Wednesday not to have ”violent contact” with Houston, will have to turn himself in for fingerprinting in July, and submit $2,000 in bail.

Brown and Houston smiled at each other in court, and left the hearing together, according to AP.¬†Brown’s charges stem from Dec. 7, when Houston claimed that Brown ”struck the left side of her face with an open right hand,” a police report said. Brown has denied the charges, telling Dateline NBC that if he had really hit Houston, ”It would be more than just a little cut on the lip.”