TMZ's "Beaten" Rihanna Photo Reveals Alleged Domestic Violence
Celebrity gossip website TMZ has posted a leaked photo of Rihanna that shows her face with "bruises, scratches, and swelling" after allegedly having been beaten by Chris Brown.
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The picture appears to confirm previous allegations of domestic violence against Rihanna.
A photo that appears to be Rihanna's face with bruises, scratches and swelling from an attack allegedly at the hands of boyfriend Chris Brown was posted Thursday night by the celebrity Web site TMZ.
The close-up image shows a welt above each of the woman's eyebrows, marks on her cheek and around her lips, and general swelling. TMZ did not say how it obtained the photo, when it was taken or by whom.
Immediately after TMZ posted the picture of Rihanna, the Los Angeles police department began an investigation to find the person who leaked it.
The Los Angeles Police Department launched an internal investigation and asked for the public's help in finding the person who leaked it. A police news release said the image "has the appearance" of one taken during a domestic violence investigation, and classified its release as a case of serious misconduct that could result in termination.
The following statement was issuedby the LAPD:
"The unauthorized release of a domestic violence photograph immediately generated an internal investigation," a Los Angeles police spokesman said in a statement. "The Los Angeles Police Department takes seriously its duty to maintain the confidentiality of victims of domestic violence. A violation of this type is considered serious misconduct, with penalties up to and including termination."
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