LOS ANGELES — Chris Brown's attorney has requested police files regarding the alleged beating of Rihanna _ including an investigation into a leaked photo of her bruised face _ seeking evidence of misconduct he says could be grounds for dismissal.
Mark Geragos wrote in a motion filed Wednesday that he wants the personnel and investigative records to see if he can discredit police witnesses during a June preliminary hearing. He also wants the paperwork from an investigation into a photo of a battered Rihanna that was leaked to celebrity gossip Web site TMZ.
If those files contain evidence of police misconduct, Geragos wrote, they could help him build an argument to dismiss charges against the R&B singer. Brown, 20, remains free on bail after his Feb. 8 arrest with his then-girlfriend.
Geragos wrote that he believes a Los Angeles Police Department officer sold TMZ the photo, which he said has damaged the singer's case. He added that it was seen by "hundreds of thousands of viewers" and remains on TMZ.
"The purpose of the leak was necessarily for profit and to vilify Mr. Brown and poison the potential jury pool," Geragos wrote.
The LAPD has said the photo appeared to be part of its investigation and is investigating the leak. The department had no new information on that probe Thursday.
Geragos is also seeking the personnel files and other records of 25 LAPD officers and employees who apparently handled the case, including any previously filed misconduct complaints.
The motions are scheduled to be heard May 28.
Police said at the time of Brown's arrest that he was involved in a fight in the Hancock Park neighborhood with a woman who was later identified as Rihanna. He was charged with felony assault likely to cause great bodily harm and making criminal threats, and has pleaded not guilty.
If convicted, Brown could be sentenced to probation or nearly five years in prison.
An attorney for Rihanna has said the 21-year-old Barbados-born singer will testify if required, but would prefer that the case be resolved before a trial.