Rihanna’s bruised face photo posted online

A photo of Rihanna taken after Chris Brown allegedly assaulted her has emerged on TMZ’s website. The picture matches descriptions of a police photo taken after the assault.

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Police declined to deny its authenticity nor confirm that the woman in the photo is Rihanna. A statement issued by the department early Friday (February 20) says:

“The photograph appeared on an entertainment website. The photograph has the appearance of one taken during an official Domestic Violence investigation.”

Exerpt from LAPD  statement:

“the unauthorized release of a domestic-violence photograph immediately generated an internal investigation. … 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 singer were reported to be badly wounded and suffered contusions and bite wounds.

[Image credit from TMZ]