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Some observers figured Chris Brown, seen with attorney Mark Geragos, should have plea bargained, but others say he should try for a not guilty verdict.
By The Scoop
msnbc.com
updated 4/6/2009 10:17:35 PM ET 2009-04-07T02:17:35

Some were surprised Monday when Chris Brown pled not guilty to the two felony counts he faced for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Rihanna.

“We really thought that a deal was on the horizon,” a source close to Rihanna said. “It would have made all of this end more quickly, and allowed everyone to get on with their lives.”

Yet others say that if there is any chance Brown can walk away without a guilty verdict, he should take it.

“It’s not a cut-and-dried case,” said one person with professional ties to Brown. “He has to look out for himself, too. He’ll be much better off long-term if he can be found not guilty when this is all over. It’s a risk that’s worth taking right now.”

Scientists scorn Gwyneth’s shampoo fear
Gwyneth Paltrow might be good at dishing out advice on exercise and good foods on her Web site Goop, but experts wish she would quit with the medical advice.

Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings Paltrow reportedly posted a missive on the dangers of shampoo, saying, “Fetuses, infants and toddlers are basically unable to metabolize toxins the way adults are, and we are constantly filling our environment with chemicals that may or may not be safe.”

Bacteriologist professor Hugh Pennington told the British press that unless you drink shampoo in large quantities, it is safe, and by and large, Paltrow’s claims were loopy.

“It does annoy me when celebrities use their position to spout nonsense,” Pennington said. “They have a perfect right to their views, even if they are loopy, but they do hold a position of influence.”

Star and Al’s near miss in Miami
Star Jones and her ex-husband, Al Reynolds, had their first near encounter at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami last week, but reports that the two were practically sitting side by side were greatly exaggerated.

“They weren’t anywhere near each other,” said a source from the tournament. “The awkward part came when Al had to move. Apparently the seats he was sitting in when he was spotted weren’t his own.”

Filming for Reynolds’ reality show, “Life After,” is what brought him to the tennis tourney in the first place. “That’s why he had press passes, and not real tickets,” explained the source.

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Jones’ rep had no comment.

Celebrity sightings
In New York City
: On March 27, Jimmy Fallon kicked off his national promotional tour, “A Round on Jimmy,” at Whiskey River bar. On March 31 Taylor Momsen, Zach Braff and band The White Tie Affair celebrated Nylon mag’s 10th anniversary at the Thompson LES hotel. ... Carmen Electra was spotted with a Sugar Factory lollipop alongside Rob Patterson after a day of shopping April 3.

In Houston: Mickey Rourke sported a sweatshirt monogrammed with the name of his beloved deceased dog, Loki, at Wrestlemania 25 at Reliant Stadium April 5.

In Washington, D.C.: First lady Michelle Obama was spotted lunching with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton at B. Smith’s restaurant in Union Station on St. Patrick’s Day.

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  1. Two stars for one

    R&B singer Chris Brown poses in the media room at the BET Awards 2011 held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on June 26, 2011. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. A start in street art

    Brown visits Art in the Streets the first major U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles on May 26, 2011. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Smiles in court

    Brown appears in court with his attorney Mark Geragos for a probation progress report hearing in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2011. Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna, after a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009. He was given a sentence of five years probation and ordered to complete 180 days of community labor and a year of domestic violence counseling. (David Mcnew / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. His idol

    Brown peforms a Michael Jackson tribute at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 27, 2010. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. On the big screen

    Brown arrives at the premiere of the film "Takers" at Arclight Cinema Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, Calif., on Aug. 4, 2010. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. For the record ...

    Larry King, left, speaks with Brown as his mother Joyce Hawkins, center, wipes her eye during an interview Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, on the "Larry King Live" show in Los Angeles, his first public interview since his arrest in February for assaulting Rihanna. (Peter "Hopper" Stone / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Receiving his sentence

    Brown stands next to Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies during his sentencing hearing on Aug. 5 in Los Angeles. The singer received 5 years probation and 180 days of community labor, as the result of a plea deal, after he was charged with two felonies for assault on Rihanna. (Rick Loomis / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Remembering Michael

    Chris Brown attends the Michael Jackson public memorial service at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 7, 2009. (Kevin Mazur / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Avoiding jail

    Brown heads into court in Los Angeles for a preliminary hearing on Monday, June 22, 2009. Moments before the hearing was set to begin, an announcement was made that a plea deal had been reached in the singer's felony assault case. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Magic moment

    On the same night as Rihanna, Brown attends the NBA Finals matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic on Thursday, June 11, 2009, at Amway Arena in Orlando, Fla. (Elsa / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Not guilty plea

    Brown, right, stands next to his attorney as he appears for his arraignment on two felony charges in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, April 6, 2009. The R&B singer plead not guilty to charges stemming from an attack on Rihanna. (Damian Dovarganes / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Happier times

    Brown and Rihanna perform during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York on Dec. 13, 2008. Brown, 19, one of the fastest rising stars of the last two years, was freed on $50,000 bail after being arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly assaulting Rihanna, whose rise to fame equals his. The incident occurred in Brown's car early Feb. 9, several hours before the two were to appear at the Grammy Awards. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. The voice

    Brown performs during a concert in Amsterdam on Jan. 16. Brown rose to fame as a sweet-faced, 16-year-old with an engaging voice and amazing dance skills with the 2005 smash hit "Run It!" (Marcel Antonisse / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Year's best

    Brown accepts the artist of the year award at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Full of promise

    Brown performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York on Dec. 12, 2008. The singer has been featured in movies such as dance flick "Stomp the Yard," had top-selling tours and a string of hits, including "Forever" and "No Air" with Jordin Sparks, for which he was nominated for a Grammy in 2009. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Crowd appeal

    The audience reaches out to touch Brown during an appearance on the TODAY show in New York's Rockefeller Center. (Richard Drew / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Moonman

    Brown poses backstage with his award for best male video at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards held at Paramount Pictures Studio Lot on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Orange crushed

    Brown arrives at the 21st Annual Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles, on Saturday, March 29, 2008. There was immediate fallout from Brown's arrest Feb. 9, 2009, with Wrigley stopping all ad and marketing campaigns tied to Brown, who had been their Doublemint gum pitchman. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. The moves

    Brown performs on the TODAY show in New York's Rockefeller Center on Friday, June 6, 2008. (Richard Drew / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. What next?

    Brown performs on TODAY on Aug. 31, 2007. At the times of his arrest, Brown was near the end of promoting his platinum-selling "Exclusive" CD and was concentrating on filming movies. (Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Before the fall

    Rihanna and Brown are seen at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, June 1, 2008, in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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