SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Recording artist Justin Bieber attends the Think It Up education initiative telecast for tea
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Justin Bieber's privacy was invaded in a big way this week as a series of nude vacation photos proliferated across the world. And according to the Hollywood Reporter, the 21-year-old singer's team has singled out the New York Daily News for potential legal action.

The News published a semi-censored handful of the photos on Wednesday and was immediately hit with an order for removal within 12 hours. The paper did not comply. (And, at the time of this post, still hasn't.)

THR reports:

"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 [from Bieber's representatives at the Myman Greenspan law firm].

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."

Hopefully this grossness can pass soon and we can get back to marveling at the dude's comeback and getting psyched for his new album, Purpose.