Chris Brown's Lawyer: Cops Sold Rihanna Pic

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Dramatic new developments in the Chris Brown case are poised to develop as Brown's high powered attorney, Mark Geragos, formally filed a motion late Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking access to internal LAPD records.

Geragos believes that the chilling, beaten Rihanna photo was illegally leaked to the media by an LAPD officer and could lead to the case being dismissed.

The attorney states in the new motion that Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Fenty, was very concerned about information being leaked to the media.

Prior to the photo being leaked to celebrity gossip site TMZ, Geragos' motion states that, "Ms. Fenty requested that the police reports related to this incident be kept confidential, and a Request for Confidentiality of Information was completed."

That clearly wasn't enough to ensure her privacy.

Will Chris Brown's case be dismissed based on the controversial leak?

"I'm informed and believe that on or about February 19, 2009, a photograph taken by the LAPD depicting physical injuries on Ms. Fenty was illegally leaked to the media. Specifically, I am informed and believe that this highly prejudicial photograph was sold by an LAPD officer to the entertainment website, TMZ."

"The photograph was immediately viewed by hundreds of thousands of viewers and was displayed on every news channel for several weeks. In fact, the photograph still remains on the TMZ website. The purpose of the leak was necessarily for profit and to vilify Mr. Brown and poison the potential jury pool."

Geragos further states that "If the instant motion reveals evidence of dishonest conduct on any of these officers’ part, I intend to use such evidence at the preliminary hearing to attack their credibility."

"The defense intends to prove and argue that the afore-mentioned officers are not credible and that the Court should not believe any or all of their testimony."

"If the Court does not believe these statements, I believe there is a reasonable likelihood that the case will be dismissed at the preliminary hearing."

Geragos goes on to say that the leaking of a photograph (for profit or not) of a complaining witness violates a variety of criminal and regulatory prohibitions.

In and of itself, these actions not only constitute demonstratable bias on the part of the involved officers, but are grounds for dismissal, he believes.

Sources close to Chris Brown say that ongoing plea bargain talks with the district attorney are moving forward, but there isn't a resolution, yet.

Brown's preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 28. He has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges, assault and criminal threats. Stay tuned.


His career is not ova...hell r Kelly has how many counts of child porn?? Dropped singles while on trail!! Micheal Jackson did what to little boys, so they say.....pls chris will b fine...can't wait for your next single/album!!!!


REally, who cares...Rihanna doens't even give a crap what happens to this guy. His career is ruined, over....he will never be able to re-capture his prior love and adoring fans....NEVER. I honestly think this is going to teach him, and hurt him more than any court battle and probation woulc do. Make him cough up a few millions dollars in fines, as we know the govt. can use it, sign him up for community service for a few years and kick his ass out the door. He is done, over, kaput....bye bye Chris....

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