Rihanna Photo Leak Could Sink Brown Case

Singer's lawyer wants case thrown out if cops were responsible
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Apr 29, 2009 2:38 PM CDT
Chris Brown appears during his arraignment on charges of felony assault likely to cause great bodily injury and making criminal threats involving Rihanna last month.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, Pool)
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(Newser) – The case against Chris Brown could be dismissed if a pending probe finds cops were responsible for leaking photos of a battered Rihanna, his lawyer tells E! Online. A Los Angeles judge scheduled the preliminary hearing for May 28 in response to the lawyer's request for a delay in anticipation of the results of the investigation. The judge also released $1.4 million in jewelry Rihanna was wearing during the alleged assault.

The bling includes a pair of earrings and three rings the performer wore to a pre-Grammy party before the incident. An armed guard will bring the borrowed items to her so that she can return them, her lawyer said. "The DA has not informed us whether Rihanna will be called to testify," he added, saying she'll cooperate if asked.