News: LA Police Exposed Over Rihanna Photo Leak, Forced To Depart Work Duties

Friday, Sep 11, 2009 5:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Two female Los Angeles Police Department employess have been accused of leaking Rihanna's domestic dispute police photo from Chris Brown last February and are being placed on paid leave with a pending investigation currently taking place.

Details regarding the two LAPD members and the investigation landed online Friday (September 11).

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)

Despite the department's statement, Rihanna's father was also upset about the leak last winter.

"Sloppy work on their part," says Ronald Fenty, speaking to People via telephone from Barbados, shortly after the emergence of a graphic photo Thursday reportedly showing Rihanna's injuries from the alleged assault by boyfriend Chris Brown. (People)

No further information has been provided as of today (September 11).

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