Pop star Adrienne Bailon's nude photo leak has been exposed as a publicity stunt.
The Cheetah Girls star threatened to take legal action against a thief who allegedly leaked naked pictures of her onto the internet.
She claimed her laptop was stolen in New York and snaps showing the star posing provocatively for the camera subsequently appeared online.
Her spokesman, Jonathan Jaxson, released a statement claiming, "The photos that have surfaced of Adrienne Bailon were stolen from her laptop over a week ago at an airport in New York and sent to several media outlets.
"These photos were taken in private. Adrienne will be pursuing legal action against the person or person's sending these private photos out. Adrienne is deeply sorry for any pain this may have caused to her fans."
But now Jaxson has confessed he and Bailon concocted the leaked photo story in an effort to boost the singer's image.
The publicist, who has reportedly been fired, tells Foxnews.com he and the 25-year-old decided to "juice up" the story by saying that "nude pictures could have possibly been stolen."
He adds, "Adrienne's tour with Cheetah Girls will be over December 22nd, so she is then free to pursue other projects and wanted to be seen as more adult and sexy.
"So, after the laptop was stolen, we used it as an opportunity to drum up some publicity and start speculating about nude photos, but we never expected anything to get out."