Only hours before her 21st birthday, a shocking image of Rihanna, eyes closed and face swollen and bruised after her alleged fight with Chris Brown almost two weeks ago has been leaked on the web, showing fans the extent of damage that was inflicted upon her.

 

TMZ "has obtained" the photo, which shows the singer’s lips bloodied and cuts and scratches on her face.

 

CLICK HERE for a look back at Rihanna and Chris’ tainted love story

 

The LAPD also released this statement regarding the photograph:

 

"The unauthorized release of a domestic violence photograph immediately
generated an internal investigation.

 

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."

 

Chris posted $50,000 Feb. 8 after turning himself in. He has since apologized for the way that things "transpired."

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