News: Details Revealed About LAPD Officer Accused Of Leaking Rihanna's Domestic Dispute Photo
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009 5:15PM
Details surrounding one of the two female Los Angeles Police Department workers accused of leaking Rihanna's domestic dispute photo earlier this year suggest that one of them was originally called in to handle the case.
According to The Smoking Gun, Officer Rebecca Reyes was placed in charge of handling Rihanna's domestic dispute case.
Los Angeles Police Department records reveal that Officer Rebecca Reyes was assigned to the assault case soon after a 911 caller reported hearing a woman screaming for help in L.A.'s Hancock Park neighborhood. When cops responded to that February 8 call, Rihanna, said that she was beaten by Chris Brown, then her boyfriend. The original LAPD report on the Rihanna assault notes that Reyes and several colleagues, including Sergeant Omar Bazulto, were dispatched to the London Hotel, where Brown was believed to have gone after the incident. Brown, who was not actually at the West Hollywood hotel, was arrested later that night after surrendering to cops at the Wilshire Division, the precinct where Reyes, a nine-year LAPD veteran, was last stationed. Reyes's role at the outset of the case was detailed by two sources with knowledge of the domestic violence probe. (The Smoking Gun)
Reyes and fellow co-worker Blanca Lopez were accused of leaking the singer's photo last week.
Former housemates Rebecca M. Reyes, a nine-year veteran of the force, and rookie cop Blanca Lopez have both been "assigned to home" while the investigation plays out. Department officials had not filed any charges against Reyes. In addition to being a gross invasion of privacy, profiting by leaking confidential material is also a misdemeanor. Additional criminal charges could also be faced for revealing the identity of a domestic violence victim. (E! Online)
While an LAPD rep said it was a "pending investigation," attorney Ira Salzman spoke on Reyes' behalf.
"My client did not do anything for financial gain," she said in a statement. "She did not sell the photo." (Los Angeles Times)
The Los Angeles Police Department previously said it would take legal action towards finding out how the image leaked online last February.
"The unauthorized release of a domestic violence photograph immediately generated an internal investigation," a statement reads. "The Los Angeles Police Department takes seriously its duty to maintain the confidentiality of victims of domestic violence." (Press Release)
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