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Rihanna seeks return of $1.4 million in jewelry

April 25, 2009|Corina Knoll

A lawyer for R&B star Rihanna filed a motion in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday requesting a return of $1.4 million in jewelry the singer was wearing the day she was allegedly assaulted by Chris Brown.

Attorney Donald Etra said he has made several requests for three designer rings and a pair of earrings that were lent to Rihanna to wear to the Grammy Awards and were seized as evidence more than two months ago.

"The investigating officer gave me his opinion that photographs would be sufficient, and the D.A. said to write her a letter and they'd consider returning it," Etra said. "I have heard nothing since the last letter to the D.A."

Etra said that although the four designers who lent the jewelry were initially sympathetic to the situation, the delay has cost them money and they have begun to make daily inquiries about their property.

Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, said the delay may have something to do with the fact that there hasn't been a preliminary hearing in the case.

Etra said Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, signed an agreement with the jewelry companies agreeing to return each piece the day after the Grammys.

Brown was arrested Feb. 8 and charged with felony assault and making criminal threats against Rihanna.

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corina.knoll@latimes.com

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