It is an extremely sad photo that shows a severely battered girl.
Obviously, that photo was taken for investigation purposed, and was not intended to be released to the general public--but TMZ managed to get their hands on it. The LAPD now is after the "insider" that sold off that picture.
The LAPD just released the following statement in regards to the leaked photo:
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
A violation of this type is considered serious misconduct, with penalties up to and including termination.
Meanwhile, Rihanna's friends are trying to cheer her up today because it is her 21st birthday. They bought a birthday greeting in the local paper that reads:
"Happy 21 Birthday to Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
Amidst all the negativity about Ri Ri.
God will continue to bless her.
That's why you are so great, Ri Ri.
From Sharon, Shane, Kim and Rashane.
We love you."
Happy Birthday Rihanna!