Don Cornelius pleads not guilty to battery

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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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