Leaked Photo of Battered Rihanna is Shameful and Exploitive

February 20, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The web and blog world is buzzing again over a graphic photo surfaced on the Internet, reportedly of Rihanna with injuries from the alleged assault that occurred on February 8, 2009, by Chris Brown. Reportedly TMZ got there hands on the photo first, which they often do, and many other sites posted there after. The picture is a close-up of a young woman with her eyes closed and bruises and cuts on her forehead, lips and cheeks. Rihanna, who has not appeared in public since the alleged attack hours before the Grammy Awards, turns 21 on Friday. Not a very happy birthday present.

Los Angeles police has launched an internal investigation of the photograph, as it has the appearance of one taken during an official domestic violence investigation. If it was leaked from inside, it’s a serious breech of confidentiality of victims of domestic violence, and someone will be punished. Victims of domestic abuse and rape, who have long been accorded special rights in the criminal justice system. We often use TMZ as a resource for our stories and it’s understood that it’s there intention and livelihood to dig for dirt. But this is one of many times law enforcement has leaked what should have been confidential information to TMZ. Because this is a high profile case action might be taken, but what of the many other times? Publishing the photos, which many sites immediately did is another matter. To me running the picture humiliates Rihanna at a time when she’s already in emotional agony. Sensational pictures like the Rihanna shot bring publishers large amounts of traffic, but at the price of exploitation. Perhaps a benefit of the photo coming out is that shows the seriousness of an attack that many people have sought to minimize.

Reported by: Hot Momma Celebrity Gossip


8 Responses to “Leaked Photo of Battered Rihanna is Shameful and Exploitive”

  1. Tracy on February 20th, 2009 8:23 am

    I am glad the photo was surfaced. There have been two high profile cases involving domestic violence and murder: Rihanna and Jennifer Hudson. People have become insensitive to these types of cases. I am using them as examples of abuse, not because they are black. The fact is that no one is immune to abuse whether it be verbal, physicial, or sexual. We need to be careful who we associate with and bring around our families.

    Maybe more young people will come forward about domestic violence issues after seeing her photo. Her abuser final act has shamed her and demoralized her spirit. It’s a photo of a sad young girl. All he has are bruised fists. Before she thinks of even calling him, maybe she should see the photo herself.

  2. Mark on February 20th, 2009 10:51 am

    Thank you for not publishing this photo. My disgust for TMZ is now complete. As for Chris Brown, I invite him to come take a swing at me and see what happens. Anyone who would do what he clearly did is a punk and deserves a beatdown.

  3. amelia on February 20th, 2009 11:28 am

    Whats up with assholes/anyone believing they have the right to put their hands on another individual. whether it be man against woman or man on man for that matter, it’s wrong. keep your f**king hands to yourself. How dare that grown ass man put his hands on that beautiful woman. I have one word for him

    PUNK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! only a punk ass bitch would do that

  4. black person on February 20th, 2009 11:58 am

    What was chris brown thinking?
    Did his feet work?
    If so,why didn’t he leave without harming her?
    Unfortunately he is typical of many not all black males in virginia and abroad.
    I’m sure this occurs in all races although it seems most violence shown in the news are of people of color.

  5. isis on February 21st, 2009 12:03 pm

    i hate chris brown!!!

  6. coffee on February 21st, 2009 3:34 pm

    this whole situation is shocking, especially since Rihanna and Chris Brown seemed like such a perfect couple

  7. Laura on February 24th, 2009 3:22 pm

    That photo should have never been leaked. And i hope they catch the dirty rat who did leak it. Fair play chattahbox for not showing it. Its bad enough that poor girl had to go through something like this, but its an absolute disgrace that someone could make money off it. There is true evil in the world! And i hope chris browns career never recovers!!! Rihanna has friends in big places Jay- Z + Kanye west they prob know a few people that will give him whats coming to him and I hope they do…He is no man!!

  8. Christy on February 24th, 2009 11:52 pm

    Rihanna will hopefully rid herself of such a dark person as Chris Brown. I fell pitty for any future love interests that he aquires.

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