TMZ Posts Shocking Battered Rihanna Photo — LAPD Forced to Respond to Apparent Leak

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Last night popular gossip site TMZ posted what appears to be a battered Rihanna police photo from the night of the “alleged” beating by her boyfriend Chris Brown. I cannot believe that this Rihanna abuse picture has been leaked and hope that the LAPD is capable of finding whoever must have leaked (or let’s be honest — sold) it from within the department. Given how much that Rihanna photo was probably worth to TMZ, the LAPD might want to look for someone in the department who may have just left on a last minute expensive vacation.

If there is any silver lining to be found here, let’s hope this awful battered Rihanna photo puts to rest the internet chatter blaming a young woman who is now so obviously the victim of a savage domestic attack.

Since the Rihanna photo hit the web on TMZ, the LAPD has issued this statement:

Los Angeles: The unauthorized release of a domestic violence
photograph immediately generated an internal investigation.
At about 7 p.m. on February 19, 2009, the Los Angeles Police
Department Media Relations Section began receiving numerous
inquiries about the release of a photograph associated with a
domestic violence incident that occurred on February 8, 2009,
involving entertainer Chris Brown. The photograph appeared on
an entertainment website. The photograph has the appearance of
one taken during an official Domestic Violence investigation.
The Los Angeles Police Department takes seriously its duty to
maintain the confidentiality of victims of domestic violence.
The Department launched an immediate internal investigation and
subsequently filed a personnel complaint.
A violation of this type is considered serious misconduct, with
penalties up to and including termination.
Anyone with information concerning the unauthorized release of
the photograph is asked to call, during regular business hours,
(213) 485-4152. After-hours or on weekends, calls may be
directed to our 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7
(527-3247). Callers may also text “CRIMES” with a cell phone or
log on to and click on Web Tips. When using
a cell phone, all messages should begin with “LAPD.” Tipsters
may remain anonymous.


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