And most of those words seem to be ‘Ow’. A police photo apparently of Rihanna taken after her supposed fight with Chris Brown has emerged online and, as you’d expect of a photo of a young girl with a busted lip and bruises all over her face, it doesn’t make for pleasant viewing.
However, as awful as it is, the Rihanna photo isn’t nearly as woefully unflattering as the one of Chris Brown we’ve been running all week. So that’s probably something.
One of the most interesting things about this Chris Brown/ Rihanna affair is the small, slightly deluded army of Chris Brown fans who are determined to defend Chris Brown’s right to allegedly smack Rihanna in the mouth until the day they die.
When Chris Brown was arrested, his fans said that he couldn’t have possibly hit Rihanna – and if he did it was probably because she gave him an STD, citing the law that says you’re allowed to punch women in the face if they make your penis a bit itchy. And then, when it emerged that Chris Brown might have hit Rihanna in the past, they still wouldn’t stop defending him, in one case suggesting that Rihanna probably deserved it because of her ‘funny voice’.
So it’ll be interesting to see how the Chris Brown fans react to the Rihanna photo that was leaked online last night. TMZ has published a photo of what appears to be Rihanna taken by police after the alleged attack. The tattoos in the photos are the same as Rihanna’s and the injuries match up perfectly with police reports from after the attack – clearly showing a split lip and a badly bruised and swollen head – which has led many to believe that the photo is genuine.
Not that the LAPD is going to officially confirm anything, though – but, as E! Online reports, the police are investigating how the Rihanna photo came to see the light of day in the first place:
“The Los Angeles Police Department takes seriously its duty to maintain the confidentiality of victims of domestic violence,” the LAPD said in a statement Thursday. The department has yet to publicly identify Rihanna as the alleged victim in Brown’s case. “A violation of this type is considered serious misconduct, with penalties up to and including termination.”
Regardless of how the Rihanna photo was leaked, though, it’s an undeniably horrifying image. But it’s not all bad – now the photo has shown the world the extent of Rihanna’s injuries, it’s bound to only engender more sympathy for her. Not only that, but it’ll help to continue the public debate over domestic violence that Chris Brown’s arrest started.
And what’s more, if Rihanna wanted to make any money out of this we’re almost positive that Savlon would sign her up as its poster girl, although that’s a terrible thing to say and we’re shocked that you’d even suggest that.