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Last Updated: Friday March 06 2009 07:25 GMT

Chris Brown appears in court

Chris Brown in court

Singer Chris Brown has appeared in court in America accused of beating up his popstar girlfriend Rihanna.

19-year-old Chris was arrested last month after he got into a row with her in Los Angeles.

The pair have had to cancel loads of performances since the incident happened.

Chris will be back in court in April. If he's found guilty of hitting Rihanna, then he could face up to five years in prison.

Last month he said he was sorry about what happened, and that he's trying to get help to become a "better person".

Rihanna has thanked fans for support

Rihanna hasn't said anything about the incident, but the 21-year-old's spokesperson has thanked fans for the "outpouring of support she has received during this difficult time".

The pair were meant to be singing at the massive awards ceremony The Grammy's on the night Chris was arrested, but both of them pulled out of the event.