The Los Angeles Police Department has opened an investigation to determine how the picture of Rihanna following her alleged brawl with R&B lover Chris Brown was leaked to the media late Thursday.

A photograph obtained by celebrity gossip site TMZ.com shows a close-up picture of a Rihanna’s bruised facedcovered with scratches and cuts and suffering a bruised lip.

“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 LAPD said in a statement Thursday. “A violation of this type is considered serious misconduct, with penalties up to and including termination.”

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