Photo of a Beaten Rihanna Released

February 20, 2009

TMZ has posted a leaked photo of Rihanna after her horrific encounter with boyfriend Chris Brown during Grammy weekend. The Los Angeles Police Department has launched an internal investigation and filed a personnel complaint after the photo leaked late Thursday.
From CNN:

The unauthorized release of a domestic violence photograph immediately generated an internal investigation," an L.A. 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.

The LAPD has also released this official statement.

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