By Zachary Swickey
Celeb nudie pics hitting the Internet is nothing new with Blake Lively, Scarlett Johannsen and even Kanye himself having such incidents, and it appears Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker can now be added to that list.
It all started when website MediaTakeOut published some nude photos of an unnamed musician who had supposedly sent them to a female admirer. Unsurprisingly, readers were quickly able to discern the visible, distinctive tattoos as belonging to Barker and the pictures began circulating quickly.
While his ex-wife Shanna Moakler might be used to showing some skin (she was in Playboy), Barker isn’t thrilled with pics of his manhood spreading across the web. According to TMZ, the drummer’s lawyer, Evan Speigel, has shot off a cease and desist letter to MediaTakeOut and demanded they take the photos down for the “unauthorized use of private photos.”
Sources tell TMZ that the photographs were taken over five years ago and of course were “private and never intended for public viewing or to be seen by anyone else.” (I don’t think anyone was making the mistake of thinking Barker gifted his pics to the world.)
Back in 2009, some candid iPhone pics of the Barbadian singer in her birthday suit hit the web (including some rather risqué shots bent over in the mirror). The singer brushed it off and handled the incident in stride.
In 2010, a nude pic of Kanye hit the web – which he supposedly sent to a flurry of women through MySpace – and the singer could’ve cared less. Although, the fact that he is uh… packin’… just might have something to do with it.
Bassist and unappointed leader of rockers Fall Out Boy Wentz had an incident himself when a pic his southern region – taken by himself, facing a mirror – hit the internet in 2006. His future father-in-law, Joe Simpson, even joked about it with Wentz the first time they met.
When pics leaked last year of super eye-candy Scarlett Johansson, men everywhere rejoiced while the actress herself got right down to business – launching an FBI investigation over the incident. The culprit was apprehended, having managed to hack several accounts by answering simple “forgot my password” queries in order to gain access.
“Gossip Girl” star Blake Lively had a nudie pic scandal last summer too when several candid pics leaked online. While Lively (and/or her publicist) denied the photos being of her – Internet sleuths pointed out that the iPhone case seen in the pics (from facing the mirror) match that of Lively’s as did the tattoos, which were temporary for a movie role.