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Chris Brown nearing settlement in hit-and-run case

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Jul 15, 2013 | 4:15pm EDT

Embattled R&B star Chris Brown has been given until next week (begs22Jul13) to reach an official settlement with the victim in his hit-and-run case following a minor collision in May (13). The Kiss Kiss hitmaker stands accused of bumping into Olga Gure-Kovalenko's car during a run-in in Los Angeles and leaving the scene of the crime without providing the woman with his correct insurance details. He was also charged with driving without a valid California licence. Brown went on the defence during a Twitter.com rant last month (Jun13) after he was slapped with the charges, and insisted he did everything to ensure he would not be prosecuted. He wrote, "It's not a hit and run if u (sic) get out the car, exchange information (who has NO DAMAGE to either cars).This is really ridiculous... I have a valid drivers license and I gave the woman the right info." Gure-Kovalenko's legal representative, Freddy Sayegh, reveals his client has decided not to press charges as she did not suffer any injuries and there was minimal damage to her car, prompting Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, to file legal documents to have the criminal case dropped. The case went before a Los Angeles judge on Monday (15Jul13), but prosecutors from the L.A. City Attorney's office objected to the motion to dismiss the charges as Gure-Kovalenko had not directly agreed to the settlement with Brown and Geragos, reports TMZ.com. The hearing has been continued to 23 July (13). Geragos has also filed papers to dispute the invalid licence count, insisting his client holds a permit from his native Virginia, where he is a resident, and therefore has not broken any laws. However, Brown could still face legal trouble if the judge overseeing his parole from his 2009 assault case decides to revoke his probation as a result of the hit-and-run allegations.

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