Two female police officers, who allegedly leaked a photo of pop star Rihanna’s bruised and battered face after she was assaulted by singer Chris Brown, will not face criminal charges, authorities said today.
A three-year investigation by the LA district attorney’s office could not find enough evidence to show celebrity news website TMZ paid the accused officers for the photo.
Officers Blanca Lopez and Rebecca Reyes may still be fired. They are slated to appear before disciplinary panels in August. Prosecutors alleged the picture was leaked after a stack of photographs of Rihanna’s injuries was left lying on a desk at the Wilshire police station in Los Angeles and Reyes took a picture of the top photo with her phone.
Prosecutors say Reyes later emailed the image from her LAPD email address to her personal account.
Reyes and Lopez were roommates at the time, and phone records showed that they made multiple phone calls to Fox Television and TMZ in February.
The photo shocked fans and prompted a national conversation about domestic violence after it spread through the media.
But despite a search of Reyes’ and Lopez’s bank accounts, a money trail was not discovered tying the leak to them, prosecutors said.
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