Rihanna Donates $25,000 to Charity After Smashing Police Chief’s Phone in Failed Selfie

Rihanna and LAPD's Steve Soboroff at Clippers NBA playoff game
Rihanna and LAPD's Steve Soboroff at Clippers NBA playoff game Courtesy of Steve Soboroff

Way to go, RiRi! Bad girl of pop Rihanna has donated $25,000 to a police charity after mistakenly smashing L.A. Police Commission President Steve Soboroff's cell phone while trying to take a courtside selfie at the Clippers NBA playoff game on Friday, May 9.

Rihanna happened to be seated next to the police commission chief at the Clippers game at L.A.’s Staples Center, so Soboroff asked to take a selfie with the "Good Girl Gone Bad" singer while she was wearing an LAPD wristband.

Eager to oblige, the Barbadian beauty offered to snap the picture herself, but the phone slipped out of her hand and smashed on the floor.

An embarrassed Rihanna tweeted her police chief pal after the game, saying, "Sorry I broke your phone @SteveSoboroff :)"

To make sure there were no hard feelings, the chart-topping singer went above and beyond the call of duty by making a $25,000 donation to his L.A. Police Foundation.

Soboroff is set to make even more money for the good cause out of the unfortunate cell phone incident. Having asked Rihanna to sign his broken phone—which still works even though the screen is smashed—he has now listed the item on eBay, to sell to the highest bidder.


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