Don Cornelius pleads not guilty to battery

December 4, 2008 4:07:46 PM PST
Former "Soul Train" host Don Cornelius has pleaded not guilty to spousal battery charges. [SIGN UP: Get entertainment news sent to you]

Court records show Cornelius entered the plea to five misdemeanor counts through his attorney Thursday.

The 72-year-old producer was arrested in October after police responded to a domestic dispute call at his Hollywood Hills home. He was charged last month with spousal battery, assault with a deadly weapon and dissuading a witness from making a police report.

The records indicate Cornelius was not in court Thursday, but was ordered to appear for a January pretrial hearing.

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