It didn't take long for the LAPD to release a statement about that leaked photo showing the damage inflicted on Rihanna's face by her boyfriend Chris Brown. Rihanna and her people are naturally freaked out about the picture leaking all over the Internet.

Everyone and their grandma knows someone within the police department got paid to leak that photo.

The image looks like it was scanned and sent out either via fax machine or email.

The LAPD clams to have launched an internal investigation. We hope that investigation includes bank statements and ATM receipts.

“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 via a statement released on Thursday.”The Department launched an immediate internal investigation and subsequently filed a personnel complaint. A violation of this type is considered serious misconduct, with penalties up to and including termination.”

Hollywood's hottest bisexual couple, Amber Rose and Kanye West, attended Kai Kuhne's after party at the National Arts Gallery in NYC last night.

Actresses Tichina Arnold and Taraji P. Henson attended The Launch of BRANDAID Foundation Presented By Dior and Vanity Fair in West Hollywood last night.

Alicia Keys and socialite Nicole Ritchie sat together in the front row at Zac Posen's Fall 2009 show during the Mercedes-Benz Fahsion Week 09 in NYC yesterday.

We haven't seen actress Tamala Jones out & about in a minute. We wonder if she's still with Big Gipp of Goodie Mob?

Stylish actor/singer Tyrese Gibson rolled up in a Maserati to the Global Green USA's 6th Annual Pre-Oscar Party in Hollywood last night.

Singer LeToya Luckett was pretty in red at The Launch of BRANDAID Foundation Presented By Dior and Vanity Fair in West Hollywood last night.

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I agree with Rihanna's people who said her injuries were not as bad as the media and blogs had been reporting.

For instance, someone exaggerated wildly when he said her eyes were swollen shut. Her eyes are not even swollen!

She simply closed her eyes -- probably at the request of the officer taking the picture.

She has a few light contusions and bruising on her face. There is dried blood on her lip -- probably from a laceration inside her mouth.

I'm not defending CB by any means, but Rihanna's features appear to be distorted because the officer was standing so close to her face. Also, the exposure was way off. The cheapest consumer digital camera could have taken a better picture than that.

It would seem to me that the LAPD should be able to afford better equipment to present its evidence more accurately.

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TMZ has obtained a photo of Rihanna taken after Chris Brown allegedly beat her.

Thanks Kara for the tip.

EDITED: I just checked my emails. Thanks to everyone who sent the links to the Rihanna pic. It's heartbreaking.

Halle Berry was drop-dead gorgeous at the 2nd Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon held at the Beverly Hills hotel today. She matched her figure hugging gold and silver strapless gown with a pair of gold Christian Louboutin peep toe platform pumps and a gold snakeskin clutch. Perfection!

Taraji P. Henson and her beautiful mom

Mo'Nique. Yes her legs are hairy, get over it!

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According to Life & Style, Beyonce is out as Hugh Jackman's singing-and-dancing partner during the opening number of the Academy Awards this Sunday.

The honors will go to actress Anne Hathaway instead.

Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway will star in a singing-and-dancing number with host Hugh Jackman at the opening of the Academy Awards ceremony this Sunday!

An insider tells Life & Style, "Anne is rehearsing at the Kodak Theatre [site of the Oscars] in Hollywood today!" [LINK]

We wonder if the producers suddenly realized they would lose half their audience if Beyonce performed that opening number With Jackman?

The Oscars air on Feb. 22 on ABC.

Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson look like they're having a ball at ESSENCE magazine's Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon today in Beverly Hills.  Photos: Splash News Online

Singer Teyana Taylor and celebrity photographer Walik Goshorn, attend Richie Rich's Fall 2009 Fashion show at the Waldorf Astoria today in NYC.
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Mary J Blige attended the Malandrino Fall 2009 showing during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week today at Rainbow Room in NYC.
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According to online reports, Nadya Suleman, the women who gave birth to 8 babies and is about to be homeless, went to look at a Spanish style villa in Whittier, CA today.

The $1.4 million house features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a sparkling swimming pool.

4 bedrooms doesn't seem nearly enough for a brood of 14. And 2.5 baths is really stretching it, especially when a line begins to form outside the door in the mornings.

But it is a gorgeous house. I'm sure Suleman can afford the 10% down payment using the loot she's already received from selling her story.

And since she's in California, once she gets into the house, she can squat for another 8 months without paying the mortgage before the bank forecloses.

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Traders on the floor at the NY Stock Exchange booed Barack Obama today as a red faced CNBC reporter yelled, "president Obama, are you listening?"

CNBC anchor Rick Santelli raged at Obama and his administration for what he feels is the government "promoting bad behavior" through its $75 billion mortgage plan.

Said Dantelli:

How about this president and new administration, why don't you put up a website to have people vote on the Internet as a referendum to see if we really want to subsidize the losers mortgages or would we like to at least buy cars and buy houses in foreclosure and give them to people that might have a chance to actually prosper down the road and reward people that could carry the water instead of drink the water!

The traders booed lustily when Santelli asked, "How many of you people want to pay for your neighbor's mortgage that has an extra bathroom and can't pay their bills? Raise [your] hand!"

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