TMZ releases graphic Rihanna picPublished by Clay Cane on Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 11:10 pm.
Contributor: Clay Cane
It’s worse than you thought… less than an hour ago TMZ obtained a supposed image of Rihanna after the alleged Chris Brown assault. This photo is hard to look at. We don’t know all the details, but what could possibly drive someone to do this to another human being?
Chris Brown is going to need a lot more than his previous statement to answer for this, especially with his sentencing on March 5th, which some claim could land him as much as ten years in prison. Staying quiet will only cause more speculation and resentment from his fans, the media and men/women who have experienced domestic abuse.
UPDATE: According to the Associated Press, “TMZ did not say how it obtained the photo, when it was taken or by whom. Within hours of the photo’s posting, the Los Angeles Police Department launched an internal investigation and asked for the public’s help in finding the person who leaked the photo. A police news release said the photo ‘has the appearance’ of one taken during a domestic violence investigation, and classified its release as a fireable case of ’serious misconduct.’”
Continues, “A person familiar with the situation, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity, confirmed that the woman was Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Fenty. The person said some of the injuries shown in the photo – specifically the marks on the woman’s forehead – were consistent with the injuries Rihanna sustained.”
And, “The woman in the photo posted by TMZ has a tattoo of Roman numerals on her left shoulder; Rihanna was photographed by The Associated Press the night of the incident with a tattoo of the same numerals on the same shoulder.”
Looks like the LAPD is looking for someone to fire.
Image via TMZ.