April 29, 2009 20:26
Chris Brown's lawyer wants assault case dismissed
He says police leaks are 'outrageous governmental misconduct'
Lawyers for Chris Brown are seeking to have the assault case against him dismissed as they say leaks in the case are "outrageous governmental misconduct".
Brown is accused of assaulting his girlfriend Rihanna on February 8 after the pair got into an argument after leaving a party.
Following the alleged assault, a picture taken by police of a bruised Rihanna was leaked online, prompting the Los Angeles Police Department to launch an internal investigation.
"The leaks can form the basis for a motion to dismiss the case in regards to outrageous governmental misconduct," Brown's attorney Mark Geragos told E! News today (April 29).
A delay in the case was granted by a judge, with the next hearing set for May 28, when it will be decided if there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial. However, a plea deal may be reached before then.
As reported earlier today, Rihanna is to get back the loaned jewellery she was wearing that night. It was held by police as evidence in the case. Today it was agreed that photographs of the jewellery, worth $1.4 million, will serve as evidence.
--By our New York staff.
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