October 27, 2005

Purported Janet Jackson nude video hits Internet

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - No one can blame this on a wardrobe

A video clip that purportedly shows pop singer Janet
Jackson sunbathing in the nude was circulating on the Internet
on Thursday.

Jackson's manager in Los Angeles declined to comment on the
footage and referred queries to the singer's New Jersey-based
publicist, who did not immediately return repeated phone calls.

The video appears to have been shot surreptitiously through
an opening in a fence surrounding an outdoor enclosure where
the subject was lying on a chaise lounge.

In a 34-second version of the clip playing on one Web site,
called ThisWebsiterules.com, a woman who appears to be Jackson
is first seen lying on her back, tapping her hands beside her
and moving her head back and forth as if listening to music.

At one point, she appears to be rubbing lotion on her upper
body, then her face is revealed as she sits up slightly. The
woman is then shown lying facing down and reaching behind her
to tap her buttocks rhythmically.

Another site, iFilm.com, had posted the video earlier but
late Thursday was running a message that said: "Out of respect
for Ms. Jackson, this film has been removed from IFILM.com."

Jackson, 39, sparked a firestorm of controversy in February
2004 when she bared a breast at the end of a Super Bowl
halftime performance with fellow pop star Justin Timberlake,
broadcast live on CBS.

Public outrage over the brief flash of nudity, initially
blamed on a "wardrobe malfunction," sparked a Federal
Communications probe, congressional action to stiffen fines for
broadcast indecency and an industry-wide crackdown on sexually
explicit material on TV and radio.

Jackson made headlines on Wednesday with a statement,
issued through the TV show "Access Hollywood," denying claims
that she secretly had a daughter 18 years ago with fellow
singer James DeBarge, to whom she was briefly married.

That claim was made by her former brother-in-law, Young
DeBarge, during a radio interview last week.