LAPD close to naming source of Rihanna leak

September 10, 2009

[Chattahbox] When R&B singer, Chris Brown and his – now former – girlfriend, Rihanna had their altercation on February 8, the public reaction was no less than brutal. And this response was fueled even further by the now famous picture of a beaten Rihanna that was leaked to an internet tabloid.

Investigations to locate the culprit in the despicable leak were soon launched, and the LAPD now reports they are ‘closing in’ on those facing the blame.

In the last two weeks, two female officers have been ‘assigned to home’ – which is LAPD-speak for suspension from duty, invoked by ongoing inquiries.

One officer is believed to have taken the photo and sold it, while the other suspect is her room-mate. Detectives representing the LAPD’s ‘Internal Affairs’ have now visited the pair at their home and searched both the home and their lockers. Should the resulting evidence prove them culpable the two officers face a wide range of outcomes, from departmental discipline to criminal charges for identifying the victim of a domestic violence case, which is in itself a specific and serious crime under California law.

The leaked picture showed Rihanna with her face badly bruised and was initially thought to be part of internal case files. But LAPD sources and records have since proven it was not one of the series of photos taken by an official LAPD photographer. This seemingly trivial fact has since become almost pivotal in the department’s inquiries as to who may have been guilty of creating and selling the picture for profit.

A source familiar with the investigation has confirmed to Enterprise Report that the photo was taken by an LAPD officer either before or after the official photos were made. Created with an inexpensive Canon digital camera it was made at the LAPD’s Wilshire station, from which officers responded to Rihanna’s 911 call reporting the crime.

The officer who is now a prime suspect in the leak has worked at that station since 2005.

In a valiant effort to ensure no repeat of this crass exploitation, LAPD Chief William Bratton has since issued an order, declaring all photographs taken on-duty – including all those made with personal cameras — the property of the LAPD. He also made it quite clear that swift legal action would be the reward of any person so ill-advised as to engage in an act that shared or promoted that photo.

And that’s good to know.


2 Responses to “LAPD close to naming source of Rihanna leak”

  1. LAPD close to naming source of Rihanna leak Digital Sales on September 10th, 2009 4:24 pm

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  2. Phil on September 10th, 2009 10:11 pm

    What, her face badly bruised?

    That was just her without makeup and the TMZ watermark on top, thats what made it look bad!

    Plus she is not that good looking out of makeup!

    All a publicity stunt by both of them and the judge is in on it along with everyone in Hollywood!

    All BS!

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