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."