Rihanna headed out in public for the first time, since the Chris Brown beat down incident, to celebrate her 21st birthday. The star looked noticeably solemn. She released a statement but would not talk about what happened with Chris Brown:
"She wants to assure her fans that she remains strong, is doing well, and deeply appreciates the outpouring of support she has received during this difficult time."
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles police have opened up an investigation to find out who leaked the photo which was taken as evidence and not for the public to view:
"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."
A source close to the investigation told E! News that the first set of photos were taken by detectives on the scene. The second set was taken at the hospital where the swelling had increased, and that after the incident a tabloid was offering 100 grand for the photo. "Internal Affairs is up in their butts over the leaks." LAPD is even threatening to administer polygraphs.
The source mentioned that this was not the first time that Brown got physical with Rihanna. But he may not have thrown the first punch.
The D.A. office wants to pin a felony charge but will only move forward with solid evidence. The only thing to look forward to is the Law and Order episode of this distressing event.
We urge anyone who is a victim of domestic violence to contact
the National Domestic Violence Hotline online or at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
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source: E! Online