Haunting Photo of Battered Rihanna is Leaked

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A photo of Rihanna showing bad facial bruises allegedly sustained in an assault by Chris Brown has been posted by celeb gossip site TMZ. It is rather disturbing.

The Los Angeles police department has launched an internal investigation over what it is calling an unauthorized release of the photo of Rihanna, clearly showing injuries she sustained from an alleged assault by Chris Brown two Sundays ago.

A Nice Rihanna Pic

"The photo has the appearance of one taken during an official investigation," says a police statement. "The Los Angeles Police Department takes seriously its duty to maintain the confidentiality of victims of domestic violence."

The LAPD said that Thursday evening it "began receiving numerous inquiries about the release of a photograph associated with a domestic violence incident that occurred on February 8, 2009, involving the entertainer Chris Brown."

There have been some bogus Rihanna pictures going around, but this one appears to be the real thing - a haunting close-up of the woman with her eyes closed and severe bruises and cuts covering her forehead, lips and cheeks.

We have elected not to post it on our homepage due to the upsetting nature of the photo, but you may follow the jump if you wish to view it:

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I utnarnufotely am at the age where my friends are brainwashed by this supposed music'. When will the world remember proper music, that talked about happiness and peace not sex and others things that i cant talk about! I have seen 6 years olds dancing like the hip-hop honeys' and I can only just say my friend was wearing clothes last night. I hope that one day my generation of people will understand music and how Rihanna was really a good girl gone BAD. Thanks x Ps: I am not this mean and grumpy usually!

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Apr01laura I pnsorealy am tired of hearing about this whole rihanna thing. It was 2 years let the man move on he owned up to what he did, would be different if he didn't. So what if he took the photo he's looking pretty good to me in the photo..lol. And I don't think it has anything to do with his albulm.

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And True he should have never laid his hands on a girl sorry qmoney i just realized he put his hands on a woman and that is not cool at all he should have 2 pay for the damages done to rhianna. i bealive treating women with respect and that a real man would never lay his hands on a woman to hurt her. Chris brown needs to b taught a lesson

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And True he should have never laid his hands on a girl sorry qmoney i just realized he put his hands on a woman and that is not cool at all he should have 2 pay for the damages done to rhianna. i bealive treating with respect and that a real man would never lay his hands on a woman to hurt her

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Q MOney u r a dick licking ball muncher chris did nothing wrong he is innocent he said he was sorry and dont b jelous that he can date her and ur ugly ass cant

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i love chris brown so much but wat he did was so not caused 4 dat was a real bitch move i really just didnt like rhianna like dat simply bkuz she was going with my future husband n i was kinda pissed off dat he wud put his hands on a female dats a real turn off but i dont give a fucc wat nobody say CHRIS BROWN I STILL LOVE U N IM STILL YO BIGGEST FAN....Renee from MEMPHIS TN

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this is sad man chris brown lost all his cool points from me i dont care what nobody say ! ! he should not be hittinq a female ! ! !

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Wow.They soooooo exaggerated.She dosent look as bad as they described but its still pretty bad.

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ohhhhhhh poor her...........hate cris broun.........how could he do smth like that??????????????

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SHAME BITCH!
SHAME!!!!!!!

Rihanna Biography

Rihanna in England Rihanna is a young, hot and successful R&B singer who hails from the Caribbean island of Barbados. She is an artist signed to Def Jam... More »
Born
Birthplace
Saint Michael, Barbados
Full Name
Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Rihanna Quotes

I get asked about it all the time and I’m like, You’re asking, but you know the answer. I don’t even like to address it anymore.

Rihanna [on rumors that she dated Jay-Z]

Sometimes you just need your privacy. But it comes with the territory. There's no privacy when you are out in the public.

Rihanna