LAPD Investigates Leaked Rihanna Photo
Posted on Fri Feb 20, 2009 08:30 AM PDT

Rihanna RihannaTMZ200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - The Los Angeles Police Department has begun an investigation into the leak of a photograph showing a battered and bruised Rihanna.

The picture, which the LAPD admits appears to be from their investigation into the alleged altercation between the R&B singer and her boyfriend Chris Brown.

The photograph was posted on the entertainment news website TMZ. The website did not disclose how it came into possession of the photograph.

The LAPD released a statement announcing the investigation saying it "takes very 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," the statement read.

"A violation of this type is considered serious misconduct, with penalties up to and including termination."

Photo Courtesy: TMZ