Posted by Bossip Staff
As you may have alerady heard, TMZ is standing by their decision to publish the photo of Rihanna’s battered grill:
The head of celebrity news website TMZ.com has defended publishing a picture of RIHANNA following her alleged bust-up with CHRIS BROWN – insisting it’s important to show “both sides” of the story. Singer Brown was charged with making criminal threats following an incident earlier this month (Feb09) which reportedly left the Umbrella hitmaker needing hospital treatment.
Staff at TMZ later published a photo of a battered woman they allege is Rihanna following the incident – and Los Angeles police launched a probe over the leaking of the picture. Now website chief Harvey Levin has defended running the “horrifying” shot, adding that his staff are “not convinced” the image was taken by cops investigating the incident.
He tells Fox News, “It is a photograph of Rihanna that was taken shortly after the alleged beating a couple of weeks ago. We, obviously, believed at the time, convincingly, that it was Rihanna and put it up on the site… I’m not saying anything bad at all about the LAPD. I mean, what they needed to do, they felt, was conduct an internal affairs investigation because they felt there was a leak. In so doing … they did authenticate the picture.
“Chris Brown is not going to just say, ‘I’m going to lie down on this one and not fight’. I guarantee you that Chris Brown is going to mount a defense in this case. I know that. He will mount a defense in this case. “So, the picture is not the be-all and the end-all, as far as he’s concerned… But what it does do is it puts a face on what both sides really have been kind of leaking out over the last couple of weeks… Well, the bottom line is, here’s the photograph, here’s the end result. And frankly, I think it’s pretty horrifying.”
Time for real talk. As much as folks may want to point fingers at them TMZ catz, y’all know you were sitting on the edge of your seats waiting get a glimpse of RiRi post-brawl. SMH.