Brian Hiatt
May 06, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Bobby Brown will have to go on trial on charges of slapping Whitney Houston, a judge ruled Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. No trial date was set, and a court clerk said it could be as long as a year before it takes place, a court clerk told AP. The singer, who was warned on Wednesday not to have ”violent contact” with Houston, will have to turn himself in for fingerprinting in July, and submit $2,000 in bail.

Brown and Houston smiled at each other in court, and left the hearing together, according to AP. Brown’s charges stem from Dec. 7, when Houston claimed that Brown ”struck the left side of her face with an open right hand,” a police report said. Brown has denied the charges, telling Dateline NBC that if he had really hit Houston, ”It would be more than just a little cut on the lip.”

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