Rihanna’s dad speaks out about photo

TMZ’s Harvey LevinRihanna’s father, Ronald Fenty, told Usmagazine.com that the police photo of his injured daughter is “terrible” and “disturbing.” However, he added that people now will be able to “grasp the situation a lot better. It’s good and it’s bad to see the picture, because there’s other people who were thinking differently, that [Rihanna’s injuries] may not be that bad, just a little spank or a little thing.” Meanwhile, TMZ defends their use of the leaked photo. In an interview with Fox News, TMZ.com managing editor Harvey Levin, who reportedly paid $62,500 for the picture, insisted he obtained the photo legally and added, “We’re still thinking that this may not be a police picture. It may be, according to the police department, but this was on a street.” Defending his decision to publish the image, he said, “The picture really tells such a powerful story of what happened and how badly she was hurt and beaten… you see the brutality involved here and it’s pretty stunning.”

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  1. Jo-Anne • February 23, 2009 @ 3:42 PM

    not sure I agree with her dad that others think it may be “just a little thing”…

    every report I’ve read pretty well details injuries as “horrific”…that cannot be in any way, shape or form interpreted as a little thing…

  2. tributegirl • February 23, 2009 @ 3:46 PM

    Yeah, but many people, including many people on this site, are downplaying the entire situation.

  3. Jo-Anne • February 23, 2009 @ 3:49 PM

    the people that are downplaying it, or making insensitive remarks regarding abused women’s injuries, I am sure have read of her horrific condition, and I don’t feel releasing this photo serves any purpose at all except for the public to gawk, I think it is wrong.

  4. Nancy • February 23, 2009 @ 3:59 PM

    Well, this article just confirms my opinion of the leaked photo even more. All of the stuff we have been reading for the past couple of weeks has just been a 50/50 thing…could be true then again, gossip is gossip. This picture allows us to see for ourselves exactly what he did to her.

  5. tributegirl • February 23, 2009 @ 4:06 PM

    Jo, I know you think it is wrong, I wasn’t trying to cause any upset, I was just commenting.

  6. leslie • February 23, 2009 @ 4:14 PM

    I’ll probably get lots of hateful comments, but if cops, who see injuries all the time, call her injuries “horrific” and needed to rush her to the hospital themselves, I expected them to be a lot worse than the picture.

  7. Porcelain • February 24, 2009 @ 3:53 PM

    I’m for the picture. I didn’t realize how badly injured she was ’til I saw it. Horrific, but I agree with her Dad.

  8. ash • February 24, 2009 @ 4:35 PM

    jo-anne…her dad wasnt stating it was “just a little thing…” he was stating that now people can see that it was NOT “just a little thing” and now they can see it was horrific

  9. Nancy • February 24, 2009 @ 5:32 PM

    Leslie, you would have to ask the expert Jo-Anne about the cops involvement…she works with them on a daily basis so she would be able to defend them for you. 😉

  10. Jo-Anne • February 24, 2009 @ 7:13 PM

    ash, that’s not what I said.
    I said…

    not sure I agree with her dad that others think it may be just a little thing”…

    key word “others” – I know her dad feels it is NOT a little thing, he was worried OTHERS may think it is and by releasing photo they could see the extent of the injuries

    I was saying I felt people would realize the extent without the photo’s assistance…

  11. Anonymous • February 25, 2009 @ 7:58 AM

    Quote from father “people who were thinking differently, that [Rihannas injuries] may not be that bad just a little spank or a little thing”

    Just a little spank??? Well I guess we all know what Rihannas family dynamics are. Most young ladies that end up with abusers come from abusers. Obviously this man thinks just a little violence is ok. Cuz we all need a little spank or something once in awhile. You know, just to keep us in our place.

  12. Anonymous • February 25, 2009 @ 8:16 AM

    Jo-Anne on February 24, 2009 7:13 pm

    Yes, I agree, her father doesnt think its a little thing…it obviously was not a “spank” or something insignificant thats for sure. Do you honestly think that if your daughter was abused you would be worrying about what “other” people might think? This guy is a nut. I dont know anyone that would be happy that their childs personal pictures from the police dept released…so that “others” could see the extent of her injuries?

    I do agree with you that the graphics were not necessary for us to realize that she was abused, regardless of the severity of her injuries.

  13. Anonymous • February 25, 2009 @ 8:24 AM

    Nancy on February 24, 2009 5:32 pm

    Why do you need to see for yourself? Will you be on Jury Duty? Did her pics help you in anyway?

  14. Nancy • February 25, 2009 @ 9:09 AM

    Oh, I only WISH I was on this guys jury!!! And yes, her pictures did help me….helped me to see what a monster Chris Brown really is! When you are in the public eye constantly, the public doesn’t only get to see the good.

  15. Anonymous • February 25, 2009 @ 9:22 AM

    Really? I’m glad it helped. Well you live in a neighbourhood, does that mean that since you choose to reside in a community and are in that communitys public eye they should know all aspects of your life? Just so they can know if the life you choose is a scummy one or up to their standards?

    I process vehicle insurance claims all day. I don’t need to see the picture of a dead young man to appreciate how horrific the accident or his death was. But I guess we are all different.

  16. Anonymous • February 25, 2009 @ 10:05 AM

    oops, double post. I guess comments need to be moderated?

  17. Alexandra • February 25, 2009 @ 10:08 AM

    We will delete your second post but in future, if your comment goes into moderation, please wait. It will eventually appear if there are no offensive words in it. Thank you.

  18. Jo-Anne. • February 25, 2009 @ 11:00 AM

    anonymous, (not sure if you’re all the same person above) but your comment re “not needing to see the photo of the dead young man” above sums up exactly what I am expressing.

    Furthermore, if it was my child, I can’t imagine myself wanting to ever see the photo of my bloodied battered child, never mind displaying it for everyone to see. Yes, we are all different, you got that right too.

  19. Anonymous • February 25, 2009 @ 11:29 AM

    Jo-Anne. on February 25, 2009 11:00 am

    Yes I am one and the same. I prefer not to use a name; it only invites regular attacks if one does not agree with a comment made.

    I do appreciate all your posts though. There are very well thought out and insightful. Its nice to see people on here that actually take the time to think; not just jump to put up a comment just for the sake of being heard.

  20. Jo-Anne. • February 25, 2009 @ 12:14 PM

    Thank you then, for your kind words…

  21. Nancy • February 25, 2009 @ 2:41 PM

    Anonymous…you must mean that it is nice that Jo-Anne agrees with you (doesn’t mean her comments are any more thought out than anyone else’s) BUT, to each their own.

    “I process vehicle insurance claims all day. I don’t need to see the picture of a dead young man to appreciate how horrific the accident or his death was.”

    Well, that is your opinion and personally, I wouldn’t want to see a picture of that either but that is different from this case. Like I said, Rihanna is in the public eye due to the profession she chose and because of this there are constant rumours/gossip of every aspect of her life and Chris’s life. So the public hears all this gossip and doesn’t know which facts are true and which are false. So, if I happened to walk in to your insurance company and say “I was in an accident and totalled my car” would you just write me a cheque right there or would you like to see some proof?

  22. Anonymous • February 25, 2009 @ 3:33 PM

    Nancy on February 25, 2009 2:41 pm

    Yes I would definitely need to see some proof of your vehicle to process your claim. I wouldnt need to see pictures of you to out of curiosity. Nor would everyone in my office that has nothing to do with your claim Just because they work there and may be interested doesnt give them a right to your personal file. Nor would they want to see it just because they are curious or because there may be rumours or have heard all this gossip and dont know which facts are true and which are false about their injuries.

    But again, we are all different and you are entitled to your opinion, as I am to mine. Theyre just different views on life, no biggie

  23. mandee • February 25, 2009 @ 3:38 PM

    you all have some very good points. i agree with nancy that no one would write you a check without first seeing your car, but i also agree that no on would want to see someone dead to know they were dead. also, anonymous, what is wrong with someone who posts what they think at the exact moment they think it? because you seem to be singling me out here, when im the only person that has made it perfectly clear from the start that i say exactly what i think at the exact moment i think it. everyone else has made it just as clear they all take their time to think out what they want to say and to go over it more than once to make sure it comes out exactly as they mean it. i dont think my posts are any less intelligent or insightful than joannes, or anyone elses for that matter.

  24. Anonymous • February 25, 2009 @ 3:49 PM

    Nancy on February 25, 2009 2:41 pm

    As for Joanne agreeing with me, I didn’t really notice. And I didn’t mean that her comments were any better thought out than anyone elses. I meant to give her a complement, though I cant how this would offend you. I do find your posts / opinions very entertaining; should others be offended by that?

  25. Anonymous • February 25, 2009 @ 3:50 PM

    mandee on February 25, 2009 3:38 pm

    My comments were in no way directed at you. You dont even have a post on this subject! My comments were meant to compliment someones well thought out comments. You didnt even have a post on this subject! Maybe I would have complemented yours. Why would you get offended or be upset that I complemented Joanne. Whats wrong with everyone here; waiting to jump all over anyone that posts something that they dont agree with? Good Lord!

  26. tributegirl • February 25, 2009 @ 4:37 PM

    no, mandee, your posts aren’t any less than anyone elses, as you pointed out, when you think of something, you say it, when I think of something, I take my time to think about it, so no, yours are not any less than anyone elses.

  27. Nancy • February 25, 2009 @ 5:09 PM

    Totally understand Anon. 😀

  28. Nancy • February 25, 2009 @ 8:03 PM

    Anonymous February 25, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

    Your comment “complimenting” Jo-Anne doesn’t offend me at all. Why would it? It just seemed like your comment (and I’m not the only one to have noticed) made it seem like you think the rest of “our” comments are not significant and that we just “comment to be heard”, while Jo-Anne’s comments are “very well thought out and insightful”. Maybe we are just reading your comment wrong..??

  29. Anonymous • February 25, 2009 @ 8:13 PM

    Nancy on February 25, 2009 8:03 pm

    It may be that the comment was read wrong. I don’t see how one comment would make more than one person feel as though this was an attack on each one personally. If someone posted my comments, I wouldn’t think they were directed my me. Nonetheless,it is a harmless site and we really are all anonymous sharing valued opinions on celebrity gosssip, not something to get too worked up about. 🙂

  30. mandee • February 26, 2009 @ 12:38 AM

    lol i wasnt worked up or offended, i was just bored and feeling left out 😛

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