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According to the Vancouver Sun:
48 hours after their appearance on the shadier corners of the internet, R&B singer Rihanna has thus far refused to release a public statement on the authenticity of a set of nude photos allegedly showing her naked in a Hollywood hotel room, but her record company has gone on the attack, calling the photos a violation of "the Artist's rights."
The pictures, two of which show her face clearly and all of which would seem to show her in various stages of nudity, are self-taken shots using a digital camera, but many have questioned their authenticity. Rihanna's record company, Island Def Jam Records, has reportedly contacted at least one website demanding that the "unauthorized photos" be removed from the site.
The letter, which was brought to light by celebrity gossip site TMZ, doesn't confirm or deny whether the pictures are real, but the wording of demands in the communication would suggest they are.
One photo that has appeared after the initial batch were posted shows her ex-boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, sitting on a hotel bed with a pair of pink panties on his head. Another allegedly shows Rihanna in a bathroom mirror, wearing only bikini bottoms, with the words, "I love you - Robyn. I miss you."
Robyn is Rihanna's legal name.
This new controversy comes at a time when Brown is fighting an assault charge in court stemming from an incident in which he allegedly beat Rihanna in his car on the night of the Grammy Awards, leaving her with serious facial injuries and bite marks on her arms.