Justin Bieber is threatening to sue a New York newspaper that published nude photos of the singer on vacation. A cease-and-desist letter was sent from Bieber’s legal team to the New York Daily News demanding the takedown of 20 paparazzi-snapped photos of Bieber’s recent vacation in Bora Bora with his rumored girlfriend, British model Jayde Pierce. In the photos, which were censored by the paper, Bieber is strolling around his ocean-side resort completely naked. (Unfortunately for the singer, the uncensored photos have also hit the Internet.)
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bieber’s legal team asked for compliance with the cease-and-desist letter within 12 hours; that time has now passed and the Bora Bora gallery is still live on the Daily News site along with 75 other various Bieber photos. The cease-and-desist letter also claims that, by publishing the nudes, the newspaper is in violation of the singer’s publicity and privacy rights, as well as infringing on his trademark.
However, the cease-and-desist letter also confirmed that it is, in fact, Bieber in the nude photos; there was some brief online speculation regarding the veracity of the photos before Bieber’s legal team confirmed them. “We recently became informed that your company has obtained and is distributing unauthorized photographs of our client including images showing him without clothing,” the cease-and-desist letter says.
Bieber hasn’t spoken publicly about the photo leak on social media. TMZ reports that while Bieber’s legal team was doing their job with the cease-and-desist letters, it’s unlikely any lawsuits will result from the unauthorized nude photos.