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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."

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Rihanna grabbed headlines with a surprise, eye-popping appearance in which she wore a menswear-influenced Dolce & Gabbana creation at the Met Gala in New York Monday – but Brown was the one who has something to celebrate: His 20th birthday.

The birthday greetings poured in for Brown on this celebrity gossip site, as fans wished the embattled, allegedly abusive star well on the 5th of May.

Rihanna Bikini Image

How did he actually spend the day?

Laying low with family in Virginia.

According to a source, Brown had a small birthday celebration with friends and family. Probably a good move to stay out of the limelight, as he faces two felony counts – assault and making criminal threats – to which he has pleaded not guilty.

The on-again, off-again pair have spent time apart lately, but reunited briefly in L.A. last month before Rihanna headed to her native Barbados.

There, she is rumored to have rekindled a romance with her ex-boyfriend, Negus Sealy, a.k.a. The Love God. She has not commented on this.

Inside at the bash, after Kanye West finished his set, partygoers erupted in cheers when Rihanna – still clad in her suit – joined the rapper onstage for a duet of his tune, "Say You Will." She then sang her hit, "Live Your Life."

In March, just weeks after the alleged confrontation with Brown, Rihanna celebrated her 21st birthday with a night out on the town in L.A.

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Don't call it a comeback. No, really, she's not coming back yet.

With Chris Brown's birthday today, we hoped to report that Rihanna was set for her first public performance since the "alleged" brutal assault by her ex.

Dining Out, Solo

But the upcoming show has been abruptly scrapped.

The 21-year-old R&B star had been scheduled to perform later this month in the United Arab Emirates. But Yassin Matbouly, of concert organizer Vibe Entertainment Management Agency, said in a statement that Rihanna's not ready.

"We want to share with you that Rihanna and her management will not be holding a concert at this time as it is not appropriate timing for her," he said.

There was no immediate comment from Rihanna, who had been laying low in Barbados until recently - and reportedly cozying up to ex Negus Sealy.

Rihanna is pumped for a return to live performing ... just not yet.

The "Umbrella" singer did make a public appearance last night, showcasing some seriously fancy fashion at the Costume Institue Gala in New York.

For now, though, she's not planning on any concert dates. Although she's said to be focusing on work and putting the events of February 8 behind her.

The show was scheduled to take place May 28, the date of Brown's next court date in the pending assault and criminal threats case against him.

Concert producers are now eyeing dates for sometime this fall. Here's hoping she turns the corner and gets back in the swing of things soon.

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Last night, many in Hollywood attended the “Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion” Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

According a press release, the exhibition "explores the reciprocal relationship between high fashion and evolving ideals of beauty, focusing on iconic fashion models in the latter half of the 20th century and their roles in projecting, and sometimes inspiring, the fashion of their respective eras."

Rihanna in Vogue

Celebrities in attendance were encouraged to play up their wardrobe for the occasion... and they did not disappoint!

Two of the stars that took the costume aspect of the gala most seriously were Madonna and Rihanna. This pair has a lot more in common than one-word, rhyming names. Compare their unusual outfits below:

Who looks best?

 

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Since she's been back in her native Barbados, Rihanna has looked happy - no small feat after enduring an "alleged" assault at the hands of beau Chris Brown.

According to reports, this transformation may have come about because she’s back in the arms of her ex-boyfriend, fellow Barbados native Negus Sealy, 24.

“Rihanna and Negus both realized there was still a strong sexual attraction between them and became inseparable. Whenever Rihanna went to the beach or out partying, Negus was always there," a source tells the UK's News of the World.

The friend adds: "They have been very careful not to be seen too closely together, though, as they’re still trying to keep their relationship secret.”

Negus Sealy Picture

Negus Sealy, who’s also apparently known as the local “Love God,” and Rihanna definitely make a cute couple, as the older photo of them above makes clear.

But one of Rihanna's relatives, who asked not to be named in the story, confirmed: "The family is delighted about her seeing [Negus Sealy] again."

Last month, her father, Ronald Fenty, said fairly emphatically that Brown is old news. Perhaps he was referring to her rekindled romance with Sealy!

Chris Brown has pleaded not guilty to assaulting her. Some say his defense may hinge upon the haunting, leaked photo of a battered Rihanna.

What do you think of the star's rumored romance? Should Rihanna date the Love God, Negus Sealy, or give Chris Brown another chance?

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Since Chris Brown's arrest in February, his normally loquacious attorney, Mark Geragos, has said nary a word about how he plans to defend Brown against charges that he punched, choked and threatened to kill his pop star girlfriend, Rihanna.

But comments by the attorney in court Wednesday suggest part of the strategy might be attacking police for the leak of a photo of Rihanna's bruised face.

The defense lawyer told a judge he planned to request information about possible police misconduct or bias and mentioned by name an appellate court ruling that provides defendants access to files in internal police investigations.

Geragos' remarks seemed a clear reference to the probe sparked by TMZ's posting of a photo consistent with Rihanna pictures taken by police that night.

LAPD investigators have been interviewing their own officers and scouring computers for two months - so far in vain - in an effort to determine if someone inside the agency sold or gave the photo to the celebrity gossip website.

Is Chris Brown's lawyer's apparent strategy of focusing on this haunting, leaked Rihanna photo relevant to his client's defense - or a shameless, distracting ploy?

With a preliminary hearing date now set for May 28, Geragos' actions indicate he may seek to have the case thrown out over the photo at that time.

Whether he proves effective or not, the attorney's focusing on the photo's leak would most definitely compound the LAPD's embarrassment over the apparent failure to safeguard evidence in a case that has attracted world attention.

A state law makes it a misdemeanor for officers or law enforcement employees to profit by leaking confidential reports or images. Police Chief William J. Bratton promised "a very painful experience" for any LAPD employee found to be involved.

"We are still following leads and the case is far from closed," said Deputy Chief Mark Perez, head of the LAPD's Professional Standards Bureau.

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While a judge yesterday set a preliminary hearing date of May 28 in the case against Chris Brown, Rihanna remained in her native Barbados, trying to lay low.

Since Chris allegedly pummeled her brains out (Brown is facing charges of assault and criminal threats, both felonies), Rihanna has yet to speak publicly.

But her father, Ronald Fenty, told this week that the time in the sun has taken the singer’s mind off of the February 8 incident and Chris Brown in general.

“Chris sounds like old news to me,” Fenty said, according to MSNBC. He says his daughter is “a different person, back to herself. It’s like Chris never existed."

"She seems reborn,” he said.

Rihanna's Ex-Boyfriend

Others close to Rihanna also speak of her "new trajectory."

Rihanna, who was just given back the jewels that had been held as evidence since the attack "is really realizing how precious life is,” says the source.

“She could lose it all if she’s not smart. She’s starting to see that one wrong choice about who she loves could turn her into the next Whitney Houston.”

Ouch, Bobby Brown. Bet that one stung.

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Chris Brown's high-powered lawyer, Mark Geragos, plans to ask the court to dismiss the assault and criminal threats case against his client because of leaks.

Geragos told reporters that the leaks in the Rihanna case "form the basis for a motion to dismiss the case in regard to outrageous governmental misconduct."

Whether he's successful remains to be seen, but in any case, a court date is set for Brown today in Los Angeles for his February 8 altercation with Rihanna.

The singer will not appear before the judge.

Geragos will be present on behalf of the singer. Sources say Brown signed a waiver, although it remains unclear exactly what said waiver entails.

Brown appeared in court earlier this to enter a not guilty plea on charges that he beat and threatened to kill Rihanna in a violent altercation that left the Barbados native, and his girlfriend at the time, bruised, bitten and unconscious.

Following the not guilty plea, Brown's team and the L.A. County District Attorney's office were said to be working on a plea deal. That was weeks ago.

Several reports now suggest a deal is closer, if not imminent.

According to legal experts, Mark Geragos (above) is expected to ask for more time in the case to search for further evidence. If he is unable to secure additional time from the judge, a preliminary hearing date may be set in the case.

At the preliminary hearing, prosecutors presens the case before a judge explaining they have enough material to pursue a conviction. Geragos will counter that they do not, and the judge will decide if a criminal trial is warranted.

Regardless of the outcome, Rihanna and Chris Brown want no part of that, as it could result in information going public that both want to suppress.

Brown has sought a plea deal in which he does not serve jail time, but as the felonies he's charged with carry almost five years, that's a hard sell.

"I would imagine all parties would be interested in resolving the case so as to avoid the public airing of dirty laundry at a trial," said Shawn Chapman Holley, who has represented The Game and Lindsay Lohan but is not involved here.

"If the D.A. makes a 'tough' offer, this makes it a difficult choice for the defendant," the attorney added.

"For example, if they offer a deal that still carries significant jail time, the defendant might want to take his chances at trial. Doing so, however, exposes a high-profile defendant to unwanted negative publicity."

UPDATE: Judge Patricia Schnegg set a preliminary hearing for May 28 - the result of Geragos pushing for as late a date as possible to allow him adequate time to respond to the investigation into how Rihanna's police photo was released.

Geragos says he will still move to have Brown's case dismissed should the haunting photo's appearance prove to be the result of a police transgression.

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Jewelers who lent Rihanna approximately $1.4 million worth of accessories the night of the alleged Chris Brown smackdown apparently want it back.

Since late March, Rihanna has been trying to recover the borrowed jewelry from the LAPD, who took the items into evidence in their investigation.

"Since there appears to be no evidentiary value to the continued holding of this jewelry, we respectfully ask the court to order the return of this property to [Rihanna] without further delay," her lawyer Donald Etra wrote in a court request.

The items: two yellow metal hoop earrings with white stones; one yellow metal ring with white and green stones; two yellow metal rings with white stones.

A source adds that Rihanna also borrowed a Gucci dress for the February 7 Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party she attended, which also has not been returned.

Rihanna: Prince?

Etra stated in the court documents that the owners of the jewelry were going to hold Rihanna liable if the accessories weren't returned, with the total cost and damages related to their late return as more than $1.4 million.

According to the court papers, the LAPD detective on the case referred Etra to the prosecutor on the case, who apparently has not responded to his requests.

"At this stage [of the Chris Brown case], we're not even sure what evidence is going to be entered into the case," DA spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.

"For now, we don't have any further comment on this matter."

The LAPD also declined to comment. Brown, who has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges, assault and criminal threats, has a court date Wednesday.

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As Chris Brown readies for another court date next week, his "alleged" victim, Rihanna, is getting back to business, says her producer, Brian Kennedy Seals.

The "Umbrella" singer has been channeling her inner feelings and writing songs about "different situations in her life, just things that inspire her."

"She's ready, ready to make hits," Seals said, adding that they've already worked on three songs together, including an up-tempo number and a ballad.

As for the lyrics, "We're not quite there yet," says One Republic's Ryan Tedder, who is also working with Rihanna, 21, as a writer and producer.

"She's someone who has a lot to say, so I'll let her lead whatever she wants to say."

As for how Rihanna is doing these days, Tedder says, "She's absolutely phenomenal. She's confident and strong and doing what she does."

What she's also been doing lately is spending time with friends - including Katy Perry, who she hung out with in her native Barbados this week.

Perry swung by the island nation on a promo stop for her current tour.

The two sexy pop stars, clad in bathing suits, rode on jet-skis (a favorite Chris Brown pastime, as we know), kicked it on some inflatable ocean rafts, then relaxed on a boat and sunbathed on a local beach. Sounds like a blast.

"It's nice to have good girlfriends. I pride myself on having cool chicks in my life, and [Rihanna]'s a cool chick," Perry said of her pal. "She's one of those unaffected people. [And we're both] of on this crazy roller coaster [of fame]."

Rihanna Biography

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Born
Birthplace
Saint Michael, Barbados
Full Name
Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Rihanna Quotes

I get asked about it all the time and I’m like, You’re asking, but you know the answer. I don’t even like to address it anymore.

Rihanna [on rumors that she dated Jay-Z]

Sometimes you just need your privacy. But it comes with the territory. There's no privacy when you are out in the public.

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