Two Los Angeles police officers accused of leaking a photo of pop star Rihanna's bruised face after a fight with her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown won't face charges, although they still may be fired, news reports said.
The L.A. county district attorney's office said that after a three-year investigation the office did not have enough evidence to prove celebrity news website TMZ paid officers Blanca Lopez and Rebecca Reyes for the photo, according to an internal report filed March 28 and obtained recently by the Associated Press. The Los Angeles Times first reported the contents of the prosecutor's report.
Brown was arrested on Feb. 8, 2009 on suspicion of beating Rihanna, a Grammy winner whose hits include Umbrella and Only Girl (In The World). Both entertainers had been scheduled to appear on the Grammy show, but each cancelled following the incident.
Brown later pleaded guilty to attacking Rihanna and was ordered to serve five years supervised probation and to complete six months of community service.
The two have been rumored to be seeing each other again, but both camps have been mum.
Earlier this month, Brown, 23, got into a scuffle with singer Drake, 25, at a popular New York City nightclub, following an argument reportedly over Rihanna, who just turned 24 in February.
The photos of her bruises the night of the fight with Brown ignited a national discourse on domestic violence, with talk show host Oprah Winfrey, among others, urging her not to go back to Brown.
Prosecutors had alleged police officers leaked the beating photo from a stack left on a desk at the Wilshire station, and that Reyes snapped a picture of the top photo with her phone; although phone records showed the two made multiple phone calls to Fox Television and TMZ, prosecutors were unable to discover a money trail, the report said.
The report also noted that other LAPD personnel had access to the photos.
In order to prove the officers broke the law, prosecutors said in the report they must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Reyes and Lopez disclosed the image of Robyn F. (Rihanna) to TMZ and obtained money in exchange for this disclosure.
The report said that while the officers' actions were suspicious, there was insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution.
Rihanna's attorney, Donald Etra told the AP Thursday, he did not know if the singer wants to pursue further legal action.
Lopez and Reyes are scheduled to appear before disciplinary panels in August.