R+B legend Bobby Brown will have to wait to face charges of battery against his wife WHITNEY HOUSTON - the preliminary hearing's been delayed until 5 May (04).

Brown was due to attend FULTON COUNTY COURT in Georgia today (04FEB04) to hear allegations he hit the pop diva in the face during an argument on 7 December (03).

Houston, who has been married to the former NEW EDITION star for 11 years, called police to report the fight which left her with a bruised cheek and a cut inside her upper lip, but later dropped the charges.

However, under Georgia's domestic-violence law, police have charged Brown with one count of misdemeanour battery.

04/02/2004 21:19