Don Cornelius enters not guilty plea

December 4, 2008 7:25:23 PM PST
Former "Soul Train" host Don Cornelius has pleaded not guilty to spousal battery charges. 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.