Photo of a ‘beaten’ Rihanna appears online

Celebrity website claims it was taken after alleged Chris Brown attack

A photo of what is reportedly Rihanna‘s face with bruises, scratches and swelling has appeared online.

Celebrity website TMZ.com is reporting the photo was taken after Rihanna‘s boyfriend, Chris Brown, allegedly beat her earlier this month following the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party.

In reaction to the release of the photos Los Angeles Police Department issued a statement saying that the “unauthorised release of a domestic violence photography immediately generated an internal investigation”, adding that its leak was “considered serious misconduct with penalties up to and including termination”.

Brown was arrested in Los Angeles on February 8 after the pair cancelled their appearances at the Grammy Awards that night, as previously reported. The teenage singer, who issued a public apology earlier this week, is still under investigation for domestic violence charges.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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