During her hearing, the 28-year-old singer asked that the guilty plea she entered in August be withdrawn. "I feel I am innocent. I feel I was coerced. I want to take back my guilty plea," she said. But the request was denied by Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson.
Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, must submit a sample of her DNA and undergo periodic drug testing, and was ordered to stay away from the manicurists for the next five years. She had been facing up to a year in jail if she failed to show up to court Tuesday. On Monday, the judge was angered when Brown failed to appear, claiming she was recovering from a tooth extraction. . .
"This was self defense. This was a scuffle over payment of a $20 manicure and she panicked," said Rothman, one of several lawyers to represent the singer. "She had bad advice two months ago" when she pleaded guilty. His request was also denied.
Outside court, Brown said that she would still beat the charges.
"I'm a fighter," she said." I have an impressible spirit and an abiding faith in God. I believe that I will walk free." (source)