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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What you can see of her shoulder tattoo, looks like this is really Rihanna. Nothing warrants hitting, even cheating, faking a call or throwing keys out the window.

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I would've never expected this from him...I believe that its more to the story. Im not sure if the photo is real or not. Also I've heard that she cheated on him..not sure if its a rumor or not? Im kinda confused we really need his side of the story.

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wow he didn't exactly hit her only once and then think what have i done did he

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Not as abad as the police described it..half of it is exaggertaed too much I beleive...:D

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Is TMZ so crazy even to publish this? Yep, its haunting and it also reminds of me how lucky Iam not-to-be-a-star-and-get-beaten-trashed liek this. Iam really. She does look she could have almost blacked out...but then she should not have thrown out the keys and faked a call either..she irritated him..and thats irritating as wel...