Days after being involved in an altercation with boyfriend Chris Brown that reportedly left her with “horrific” injuries, Rihanna has broken her silence and issued a statement through her representatives. “At the request of the authorities, Rihanna is not commenting about the incident involving Chris Brown,” reads the statement. “She wants to assure her fans that she remains strong, is doing well, and deeply appreciates the outpouring of support she has received during this difficult time.”
Last week a photo depicting Rihanna’s facial injuries that was allegedly taken at the crime scene leaked onto TMZ. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the picture’s release, which angered Rihanna’s father, Ronald Fenty, as well as LAPD investigators, who called “the unauthorized release” of the image “serious misconduct.” The statement from Rihanna’s reps aimed to sooth fans distressed by the graphic photo; days after the Chris Brown camp issued its first official words: “Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired.” Neither party directly referenced the alleged assault; Brown was arrested on February 8th and released on $50,000 bail after he was identified as the aggressor in a domestic disturbance in Los Angeles. He is currently under investigation for felonies including domestic violence, assault resulting in great bodily injury and, according to E!, attempted murder.