Bruised Pic Leads to Push for 'Rihanna's Law'

Plus, Chris Brown cancels court meeting
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2009 9:57 AM CDT
Chris Brown is seen during his arraignment on charges of assault on Thursday March 5, 2009, at the Los Angeles County Criminal Courts in downtown Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/ Bob Chamberlin,Pool)
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(Newser) – The now-ubiquitous photo of a battered Rihanna has propelled an advocacy group to push for “Rihanna’s Law,” which would deter law enforcement employees from releasing exploitative photos of crime victims, the Los Angeles Times reports. “We can no longer tolerate the leaking of private information when an interest turns into stalking," said the president of STOParazzi, which is also involved in Kanye Wests’s airport scuffle.

On the other side of the Rihanna-Chris Brown case, Brown’s legal team canceled a private court meeting this week with no explanation, E! reports, and a court clerk confirmed the next date in Brown’s felony case is the April 6 arraignment. Brown’s manager denied the meeting had anything to do with reports the singer wanted to ditch his entire team.