A certain celebrity photographer is free to return to the trenches.
Clint Brewer, 25, who was arrested last month at Maddox Jolie-Pitt's Malibu daycare center after he was supposedly caught hiding in the bushes in order to snap a picture of the famous four-year-old will not face charges, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office confirmed Wednesday.
"After our investigation, the bottom line is there was insufficient evidence to file," spokeswoman Jane Robison said.
Police nabbed Brewer June 22 after employees at the daycare allegedly spotted him within the fenced-off yard of the church-based preschool and made a citizen's arrest. He was booked on a count of misdemeanor trespassing and released on $1,000 bail later that day.
While this latest hullabaloo revolved around a picture that was never taken, authorities still have another photo-related snafu to probe. L.A. prosecutors and U.S. Secret Service are investigating whether two camera shop employees stole shots taken at Angelina Jolie's baby shower with the intent to pawn them off to the highest bidder.
Raids at the Westfield, Massachusetts, home and Enfield, Connecticut, workplace of Precision Camera Repair employee Bill Keyes turned up a digital camera and a memory stick containing images of the mother-to-be and her guests that were taken by Jolie's brother, James Haven--one of the few insiders allowed at the family's side in Namibia. When Haven returned to the States he found that his camera was broken, so he returned it to Best Buy. The big-box retailer then sent it along to Precision for repairs.
Legal higher-ups were tipped off to the purloined pics when celebrity websites and print publications started receiving e-mails offering 450 baby shower snapshots. One, featuring Brad Pitt and Jolie wearing festive feather boas, ended up posted on Celebrity Baby Blog for about 12 hours on June 24 before word got out that the photos were possibly stolen.
"They sent some sample photos to prove they were real," Celebrity Baby Blog publisher Danielle Friedland told the Los Angeles Times.
Jolie and Pitt's attorneys sent letters to Friedland and others who received the email solicitation that, in no uncertain terms, let the publications know that those pictures were not for the public to pore over.
"We understand that the person who stole the stolen photos or an accomplice has been offering them for sale to the various media outlets," attorney Yael Holtkamp wrote. "Furthermore, if any monies are paid for the purchase of the stolen photos, you will be engaged in the purchase of stolen property."