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Photo of Rihanna Following Her Fight with Chris Brown Leaked to TMZ

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Early Thursday evening, TMZ released a leaked photo taken of Rihanna immediately after her altercation with Chris Brown in which he allegedly beat her. From the picture one can see that Rihanna's whole face is extremely swollen with two huge bruises on her forehead, a busted lip and what looks to almost be a broken nose. If reports of the abuse are true, Chris Brown didn't simply get upset, yell at and shove his girlfriend. No, he full on beat the crap out of her, making the beautiful songstress hardly recognizable. Unfortunately, with the degree of the injuries, one can assume this wasn’t the first time something like this had happened.

So what's next? The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is in the midst of collecting evidence to build a case against Chris Brown, according to L.A. Now. They ordered the LAPD to continue investigating claims of domestic violence and making criminal threats, then they will move forward on pressing charges. According to the police, Rihanna is working in full cooperation with the authorities.