LAPD officers won't be charged in Rihanna beating photo leak

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Rihanna poses with the trophy at the 50th Grammy Awards. LAPD officers accused of leaking photos of pop singer Rihanna after her 2009 beating at the hands of Chris Brown will not be charged.

It’s been three years since officers arrested superstar singer Chris Brown for beating up his then-girlfriend Rihanna, and a picture of the battered pop star quickly found its way to gossip website TMZ. But it appears that the L.A. police officers suspected of leaking those photos won’t face criminal charges.

Officers Rebecca Reyes and Blanca Lopez were roommates at the time the photos were leaked. Over 30 pictures were taken of the pop star post-beating and were left stacked on a desk at the LAPD's Wilshire Station. Reyes later admitted to taking a photo of the pictures and forwarding the image from her cell to two other officers.

She also sent the picture from her work email to her personal Yahoo account.

After that, phone records indicate that she and Lopez sent over 300 calls to each other over the course of February 2009. Lopez also called Fox Television three times and TMZ four times — and all the calls took place between 2 and 2:30 in the morning.

But search warrants for both officers turned up nothing and no physical evidence showed the photos being transferred.

The two officers suspected of leaking the photos could still lose their jobs. They’ll face disciplinary hearings later this year.

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