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Justin Bieber’s team is cracking down on media outlets that have published nude photos of him.
According to a cease and desist letter sent to the New York Daily News, which originally published the nude photos Wednesday showing the pop star on vacation in Bora Bora, Bieber’s legal representatives are demanding the immediate removal of the photos from its website.
The letter, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, was sent shortly after the photos were published Wednesday afternoon, demanding compliance within 12 hours of receipt. As of publication, the photos are still live on the Daily News website.
The cease and desist letter also acknowledges that the photos are, in fact, of Bieber, despite online speculation that the photos had been doctored to look like him. “We recently became informed that your company has obtained and is distributing unauthorized photographs of our Client including images showing him without clothing,” reads the letter.
Bieber’s legal team states the publication of the photos represents a violation of the singer’s publicity and privacy rights. The photos also, according to the letter, infringe on Bieber’s trademarks.
The singer’s representatives at the Myman Greenspan law firm are threatening to sue if the photos aren’t taken down.
Bieber is certainly not the first celebrity to attempt to control revealing images or footage that has leaked online. Hulk Hogan has filed a $100 million lawsuit against Gawker over his sex tape, with a trial date set for March 2016.