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UPDATE (5:00 p.m. PT): Turns out that black eye Brittny Gastineau is sporting may in fact have come out of a domestic dispute. Marquis Lewis (AKA Retna), a street artist with whom Britt has been romantically involved, claims (via his lawyer) that the two of them were involved in "a case of mutual combat". "Retna was not the aggressor," claims attorney Michael Goldstein, who also says his client is looking pretty beat up himself. Despite their respective injuries, Britt and Retna are apparently "cool with each other" according to the lawyer. We can't imagine how, but until Britt makes her own statement, we'll have to take his word for it.

ORIGINAL STORY (11:00 am PT): Ouch — that’s quite a shiner, Brittny Gastineau.

The on-and-off reality star and very close friend of Kim Kardashian was caught by paparazzi outside Beverly Hills restaurant Mr. Chow with both her mother and a very noticeable black eye. Though she works as a beauty and lifestyle blogger, Brittny opted to go completely makeup free for her June 10 dinner date, leaving the bruising around her eye and cheekbone plain to be seen.

So what happened? Well, Britt didn’t feel the need to explain to photogs how she sustained her injuries though TMZ reports her mom offered the following remark: “You know angels. When they hit earth, it hurts a lot.” Given how glib Mama G was, our best guess is the injury was the result of an accident or fall and not something more troubling.

Then again, a recent retweet of a post by fellow Kardashian friend Malika Haqq does invite some speculation and concern. “The naked eye does not foresee pain but the heart knows how to regulate future destruction through courage. @brittgastineau,” the tweet reads.

We’re not sure what that’s all about but, regardless of what caused that shiner, we sincerely hope our girl Britt is OK!

Source: TMZ