LAPD investigates leak of alleged Rihanna assault photo
While cyberspace continues to question whether an alleged LAPD investigation photo ostensibly showing a severely battered Rihanna is real, the police have apparently been so convinced that they've launched an investigation into how the pic was leaked.
TMZ posted the photo late Thursday, showing a woman who looks a lot like the singer (who turns 21 on Friday) suffering from injuries matching rumors of her alleged beating at the hands of Chris Brown. It shows swollen lips, bumps on her forehead and numerous cuts and apparent black eyes.
"The photograph has the appearance of one taken during an official domestic violence investigation," the LAPD 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 police are asking for the public's help with its internal investigation, posting a number for tipsters to call. But since the entire gossip world has been waiting to see this photo (we've got to think it's real, given the telltale tattoo on the shoulder, but we hope it's Photoshop), we doubt too many people will step forward, except maybe to vilify Chris Brown even more.
[Photo via AP]