After TMZ revealed that photos of a beaten and bruised Rihanna circulating on the web were fake, the site posted an exclusive photo of Rihanna reportedly taken after the alleged beating by Chris Brown.
The photo shows Rihanna, who is recognizable from the tattoo on her left shoulder that reads the roman numerals 11-4-1986, with swollen lips, bruised eyes and contusions on both sides of her forehead.
TMZ calls the shocking photo "The Face of a Battered Woman."
As the story behind Chris Brown's violent attack on Rihanna unfolds, digitally altered photos of the bruised and beaten singer have been circulating on websites and through email with the heading "OMG LOOK AT RIHANNA'S FACE!!!"
TMZ discovered the images were photoshopped fakes and even unearthed the original one.
Actual police photos show Rihanna suffered bite marks on her fingers and arms, contusions on her face, a bloody nose and swollen eyes.
With the recent news about Chris Brown and Rihanna's domestic abuse drama, Kanye West spoke out in support of his former tour mate.
Not only did he call Rihanna "my baby sis," but the Grammy-winning rapper and producer went as far as calling her "the most important artist in music."
And while we're on West's loose flattery, Blindie compiled a list of his prior hyperbole relating to his musical peers:
Kanye West on Beyoncé in December 2008: "Nobody really wants to recognize that Beyoncé is a f***ing living legend and that she is just as great, if not greater, than the artists that we had in the past…that she’s probably greater than Tina Turner."
Kanye West on Justin Timberlake in August 2007: "My biggest inspiration and biggest competition is Justin Timberlake. He's the only other person that gets an across-the-board response and respect level -- black radio, white radio...We push each other. I look at me and Justin like Prince and Michael Jackson in their day."
Kanye West on frenemy 50 Cent in January 2009: "50 is one of those rappers that I said was the end all be all of what rap what supposed to be. Like a true iconic rapper."
Kanye West on Rihanna in February 2009: "Rihanna is so important to our culture, to pop music. I feel like she is the most important artist in music and has the most potential. Her taste level and her age ... she has the potential to be the greatest artist of all time."
Kanye West on Kanye West in November 2008: "I want to be Elvis," he said during an acceptance speech at the American Music Awards. But days later he clarified, "I really should have thought that out more because that statement was actually really incorrect. Actually, the true statement was 'I want to be better than Elvis.'"
As previously reported, Chris Brown and Rihanna canceled their appearances at this year's Grammy Awards after being involved in a domestic violence battle with one another.
While both stars have yet to go public with their legal drama, photos have surfaced on the web, showing the two together in Brown's rented Lamborghini minutes before the incident was reported to LAPD.
But a source close to the couple has spoken out, identifying Rihanna as the victim (Brown surrendered to LAPD on Sunday and was released on $50K bail).
"Chris knocked her around," the source tells People. "Black eye, blood, bruises. She had to be treated by a doctor."
While Rihanna is cooperating with police in their investigation, the source says Rihanna is willing to forgive Brown (who is described as "low-key, easy-going and mild-mannered" by a former teacher).
"I would be so sad if she went back to him," the source adds.
Producer Nancy Juvonen alluded to a fourth lady joining the cast of a third installment of Charlie's Angel in an interview with SciFiWire.com, and even dropped the name of music sensation Rihanna as a possibility.
Juvonen told SciFiWire.com that, "I'm really into that when the show had the four Angels on for a while, and Farrah [Fawcett]'s little sister, Cheryl Ladd, came in. There was something fun with that, I think, that's very iconic of the show. So I'm a little on that."
When asked if actresses should start pitching themselves to be the fourth Angel alongside Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu, Juvonen said, " They should. I'm having a Rihanna fixation myself."
Blindie thinks Rihanna will make a kick-ass Angel and we're hoping she'll work an umbrella into some action scenes.
Music's got a new king in Chris Brown--at least according to Billboard, which named the 18-year-old singer the top artist of 2008.
"It's bigger than what I can ever imagine. It's unexpected totally, so it's a surprise," Brown, who also nabbed the honor in 2006, said.
With hits like "With You," "Forever" and "No Air" (with Jordin Sparks), Brown heated up the charts consistently through 2008.
"I've had a good year but I still feel like a little insecure in those parts. I'm like, `There's little ol' me getting an award' — that's incredible," he said.
Lil Wayne was runner-up, girlfriend Rihanna was No. 3, and Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift rounded out the top five.