Chris Brown's attorneys are reportedly attempting to strike a plea deal for their client ahead of the troubled R&B star's hearing in Los Angeles on Thursday (05Mar09).
Brown was due in court to be arraigned for an alleged altercation with girlfriend Rihanna on Thursday morning, but officials now state his appearance will be delayed for several hours.
News of the delay comes as Brown's lawyers attempt to negotiate a possible plea deal that would keep their client out of jail, according to Eonline.com reports.
The attorneys are hoping to get probation for Brown over the alleged assault, which left Rihanna battered and bruised - and in need of medical attention.
Sources claim Brown's high-powered attorney, Mark Geragos, has met with prosecutors.
The hearing takes place as photos of the blood-stained upholstery of Brown's rented Lamborghini have been leaked to the TV media in America. News show Extra will air the damning evidence later today.
Prosecutor Daniel Perlman's case may have been tainted by the fact that Rihanna and Brown are reportedly back together after a brief split - although he insists that won't be a factor in the court's decision.
He says, "She was clearly injured, and there is enough evidence to proceed with or without her co-operation."
Reports suggest that one of the items Perlman will have as evidence is a bloodstained Gucci gown, which Rihanna was wearing at the time of the alleged incident, which took place in the early hours of 8 February (09).
Brown has been charged with two felony counts of assault and making criminal threats.