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A photo of a battered Rihanna made the rounds on the internet late last night. Subsequently, the LAPD launched an internal investigation into who leaked the photo to TMZ. They ask that you contact them if you have any information because they’re stumped.

At about 7 p.m. on February 19, 2009, the Los Angeles Police Department Media Relations Section began receiving numerous inquiries about the release of a photograph associated with a domestic violence incident that occurred on February 8, 2009, involving entertainer Chris Brown. The photograph appeared on an entertainment website. 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.

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.

On the flip side, it took this long for the photo to leak anyway. By LAPD standards, that’s a huge improvement. They must be taking out the hourly donut and celebrity roundtable discussions and doing actual work.