Rihanna’s Twitter account shows no indication she’s troubled by the latest regurgitation of her assault case. Three years after pictures of Rihanna’s battered face were leaked to the world by the Los Angeles police department after she was beaten by Chris Brown, LA prosecutors have concluded they don’t have enough evidence to charge the two police officers who are suspected of leaking the photos.
The news, which was first reported by the Los Angeles Times, comes three years after Chris Brown became a pariah in the eyes of many for abusing the pop star after they got into an argument before the Grammy Awards. Brown pleaded guilty in the case and received a “sentence” of five years probation and six months of community service.
Police officer Rebecca Reyes apparently came across the photos lying on a desk in the Wilshire police station and took a picture with her phone and emailed the image from her police department email to her personal email. Reyes and her roommate, police officer Bianca Lopez, made multiple calls to Fox and TMZ, but prosecutors were unable to prove they received money. The two women must go before a disciplinary panel in August to see if they will keep their jobs.
The report by prosecutors, which was also obtained by AP, pointed out that other police department personnel had access to the photos.
“As such, although both Reyes and Lopez’s actions are suspicious, they are insufficient to support a criminal prosecution,” the report says.
Donald Etra, Rihanna’s attorney, said yesterday it wasn’t yet determined if she would file a lawsuit.
“Apparently this was an internal decision by the district attorney. A victim’s privacy should be protected,” Etra said.