This picture was posted Thursday night by the celebrity Web site TMZ . It is a leaked photo of Rihanna’s face with bruises, scratches and swelling from an attack by her boyfriend Chris Brown.
TMZ did not say how they got their hands on the photo, when it was taken or by whom.
The Los Angeles Police Department launched an internal investigation and asked for the public’s help in finding the person who leaked it. A police news release said the image looks like one taken during a domestic violence investigation, and classified its release as a case of serious misconduct that could result in termination.
Brown was arrested Feb. 8 and booked on suspicion of making felony criminal threats to Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Fenty.