May 05, 2004

Bobby to stand trial for smacking Whitney

Bobby Brown was ordered to stand trial today by a Fulton County judge for physically assaulting his wife, singer Whitney Houston.

Judge Barry Zimmerman made the ruling in a five minute long hearing this afternoon in Atlanta.

Brown was ordered to turn himself in to Fulton County authorities in July for fingerprinting when he would be released on a $2,000 bond. Zimmerman also warned Brown again having "violent contact" with Houston.

Houston called 911 from their Alpharetta home in early December to report that Brown threatened to beat her "and then struck the left side of her face with an open right hand," according to Fulton County police officials.

Brown addressed the report's specifics in an April interview with Dateline NBC.

"I got big hands, man. I would hurt her, you know? It would be more than just a little cut on the lip."

Brown further described the incident as a "little spat." He said the two were playfully "slap boxing" and Houston took one of his jabs a "little serious."

Brown has been in jail twice this year. In February, he spent a month in jail for multiple probation violations before being released a month early for a March child-support hearing in Massachusetts. There, he spent another night in jail before paying a former lover more than $60,000 in back child-support payments.

Posted by mhking at May 5, 2004 08:45 PM
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