Since the Grammy Awards, the saga of Chris Brown and Rihanna has taken over the gossip rags, and possibly police reports. Brown’s arrest for assaulting Rihanna has become a full-blown lightning rod story, which could destroy Brown’s career and his life. However, there is still a lot that we haven’t found out yet about that night between Brown and Rihanna. But TMZ believes it has found out one piece of it, and that is a photo of a battered Rihanna from the night of the altercation.
TMZ posted a photo of a battered woman last night, claiming that it is Rihanna after Brown attacked her. The photo shows an African American woman with her eyes closed, her lips swollen, and some bruises on her cheek and forehead.
TMZ claims that the photo is of a battered Rihanna, but it cannot be definitively confirmed as such.
Even if the photo is of a battered Rihanna, it stands to wonder how it got leaked to TMZ in the first place. The LAPD has already begun an investigation to find out the source of the leak.
Even though most of the world believes that the woman Brown allegedly assaulted was Rihanna, the LAPD still has not confirmed it, due to confidentially. Therefore, a leak of a photo like this is especially serious.
Still, all people have to go on is TMZ’s word that the photo is of Rihanna. Considering TMZ’s standing as a gossip network, it may have to be taken with a grain of salt.
The leaked photo is only the latest twist in the sordid Brown-Rihanna story. Brown had released a statement of apology this past Sunday, although he said much of what has been reported thus far is untrue.
Rihanna herself is undergoing intense scrutiny and rumors over her current relationship with Brown. Star Magazine is reporting in its latest issue that Rihanna is still in love with Brown, to the deep concern of her friends. The report claims that she is still in touch with Brown and wants to go back to the way things were.
Brown has still not been charged officially with the crime, as he posted a $50,000 bail after the Grammys.
The LAPD encouraged those with information about the photo leak to contact them, via the department’s website.
TMZ- “Rihanna – The Face of a Battered Woman” www.tmz.com/2009/02/19/rihanna-photo-face-beating/
Star Magazine- “Rihanna: I Still Love Chris” www.starmagazine.com/news/15245
Fox News- “TMZ Says It Has Photo of Bruised, Battered Rihanna” www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,497107,00.html