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LAPD probes Rihanna beating photo

The Los Angeles Police Department opened an internal investigation late Thursday into whether a picture posted on a celebrity gossip website purportedly showing the bloody and bruised face of R&B star Rihanna was part of police evidence in the case, department officials said in a statement.

The photo posted by TMZ.com at 8:39 p.m. Eastern Standard Time time under the headline "Rihanna -- The Face of a Battered Woman" showed a woman said to be Rihanna with her eyes closed, a fat lip and apparent bruising to her forehead. The site ran a short sentence above the photo stating "TMZ has obtained a photo of Rihanna taken after Chris Brown allegedly beat her."

The LAPD currently is investigating an alleged altercation between Rihanna and singer Chris Brown, who police said injured the female artist during a fight the couple had last week in a Hancock Park neighborhood the morning of the Grammy Awards.

The department issued a statement that said the photograph has the appearance of one taken during an official domestic violence investigation.

"The Los Angeles Police Department takes seriously its duty to maintain the confidentiality of victims of domestic violence," it read. "The Department launched an immediate internal investigation and subsequently filed a personnel complaint. A violation of this type is considered serious misconduct, with penalties up to and including termination."

Brown was arrested Feb. 8 on suspicion of making criminal threats but was not immediately charged because the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said police needed to gather additional evidence in the case.

Police sources have said that Rihanna is cooperating with investigators in building a domestic violence case against Brown and indicated that she had suffered bruises and a scratch on her face resulting from the early morning altercation with Brown. She was treated at a "major medical facility," a police source said.

Brown, 19, who has a double-platinum record and dance moves often compared to Michael Jackson's, fled before officers arrived, police said.

He remains free on $50,000 bail and, through his public relations firm, issued an apology for the incident that rocked the Grammys. Brown and Rihanna were both nominated; neither attended the ceremony.

--Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein

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Is this Chris Brown any relation to the Bobbie Brown who nearly annihilated Whitney Houston's career/life???

Maybe there is a genetic defense?

Fan: you have a sickness and should get help. Why anyone would take that much energy to defend the indefensible is crazy. You don't hit a woman, ever. There is no excuse.

This is a complete tradgedy that happens all across the world, not to just Rihanna but to millions of women. I hope he gets what he deserves!

Can the LAPD do anything right?

Harvey Levin, this is really the lowest of the lows, even for you. This is about somebody else's pain and suffering.
Have you no decency, sir????!!!!!!
I hope you feel much better now.

Women are just as guilty for domestic violence on guys.
Put them both in jail!

1. find out what she did to spark such anger. sometimes a woman can make a man so angry, that anything can occur. i am woman, and i know how i can push buttons. i've just been lucky.

You know what.... too many times a man scrapes his woman's head down a brick wall and she stays with him. If the allegations are true I hope not only is she stronger than the all too many of the women of the world by making him suffer just as he has made her suffer but that the true kicker is where it hurts... his checkbook. I hope that if it's true that not one single idiot that thinks it's okay to say sorry after feeling your one and only's body go limp as your hands are wrapped around her neck buys his lousy album! I never thought he was all that good anyway.... maybe this is just his lousy attempt at a last fourteen minutes.... though i do have to say that I only liked a few of her songs so the same goes both ways.... I only pray for the thousands of women looking up to her at this present moment that she hasn't let them down by being anything other that straightfoward. Let's all make it known that there is NO reason to put your hands on another human being unless you feel there is a treat to your life... and lets all hope that animal instinct sets in to save you in your time of need. God bless and to all that need it........ this is your sign that enough is enough... ... be the change you wish to see in the world.... Gandhi

now all of a sudden people hate chris. i seriously think that he is not like that. rihanna is veeery stupid. i could bet everything that she started it. everybody knows what shes like. im not saying what chris did was right,but nothing is proven yet and i think the pic is a scam. U HAVE TO LOOK AT BOTH SIDES

A man should NEVER get so mad that he hits a woman PERIOD!!! there is no excuse i dont care if she was hittin u or makin u very angry, if u were man enough u would jus blow it off and walk away...i dont understand how a man could beat a woman (mentally) i have lost all respect for chris brown and i never really liked rihanna in the first place but i hope she stands up for herself, prosecutes him (whether she loves him or not), and becomes a role model for women getting beat all around the world. i wish the best of luck to rihanna

chris brown is a dumb 'black man' forever thinking about hitting a women.cant say what i want to because the author wont approve it..the end

ITS VERY INTERESTING HOW PPL CAN PASS JUDGEMENT ON OTHERS FROM THE OUTSIDE..NONE OF THESE PPL COMMENTING WERE THERE, NOONE KNOWS THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE SITUATION. WE HAVE ALL SAID AND DONE THINGS IN OUR PASTS AND MADE MISTAKES. WE HAVE ALL DONE THINGS TO OTHER PPL THAT IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT WITH EMOTIONS RUNNING HIGH, WISHED LATER WE COULD TAKE BACK. WE HAVE ALL LOST CONTROL AT SOME POINT IN OUR LIVES. THERE IS NOTHING THAT JUSTIFIES BEATING A WOMAN. AS A WOMAN, I CAN SAY I HAVE HAD A MAN PUT HIS HANDS ON ME...WEATHER I INSTIGATED, OR DESERVED IT, OR SHOULD HAVE LEFT THE RELATIONSHIP, IS IRRELEVANT. SOMETIMES, PEOPLE ARENT ALWAYS IN THE RIGHT STATE OF MIND FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS AND WE REACTR WITHOUT THINKING. SO UNLESS YOUR PERFECT AND HAVE THIS GODLY SENSE OF CONTROL OVER YOUR MIND, AND EMOTION....NOONE SHOULD JUDGE SOMEONES ELSES SITUATIONS FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN.

Jacque- we know the details...the report was released today...

It's pathetic how people make excuses for unacceptable behavior. IYesterday, my 9yr old daughter asked me if I thought it was okay to go back to a man who abused you. It was a tough discussion but one I was happy to have.

Personally, I hope BOTH Rihanna and Brown are dropped from all their sponsors. My household will never buy another piece of merchandise endorsed by either one of them.

Now that the details have been released in regard to the severity of how he beat here, we can all be left with the thoughts of..."what happened" I wonder what has happened throughout the relationship to lead to this. It will be interesting to see how it plays out in the media and whast happens to the fan base of Chris Brown. I personally have always liked Chris Brown and Rhianna both. Their situation doesnt change the fact that both are great performers. Either way you look at it, no man should ever beat a woman especially in such a violent way as the details released have shown. But I seriously doubt it will hurt his record sales or concert sales. There are too many people in the world nopw who rather thatn stand up for what is right just turn a blind cheek....

To all the people
why did god create man?
why did god create women?

if a women hits a man? does it mean she is abuseing him?
or does it mean she trying to live another day by fighting back ?

now
if a man hits a women ? does it mean he is abuseing her?
or does it mean he trying to live another day by fighting back?

well
some women do have good amount body mass to fight a man

but let me ask one thing do you have a mother?did your mother every tell you never hit
and did your own father ever say never hit a female no matter what

the funny thing is god made man and god made female but females create and give birth to man so would you hit your own mother that is a female????? when she gave birth to you???? can you explane to why this is or are you blind to see...

i love rihanna much.she is a gr8 singer. Chris Brown should b punished cz the way he treated Rihanna was shameful.

Rihanna and Chris brown are lovers hence do not need 2 fight 4 small thins.they should show each other Luv.Otherwise I wanna wish them succes in their Luv.

 
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