The photographer who snapped topless photos of Britney Spears pole dancing on the set of her music video GIMME MORE has hit out at accusations the pictures were taken without her knowledge.
Snaps first published on Sunday (07Jun09) by Britain's News of the World tabloid show the pop star wearing temporary tattoos over her breasts as she grinds to her hit 2007 song in a strip club setting.
The photos have since surged onto the internet, sending gossips into a spin.
The photographer's agent, Alec Byrne, refuses to identify his client but insists Spears brought the photographer to the video shoot and posed for the topless snaps, taken at a Los Angeles studio.
Byrne tells the New York Post, "These pictures were (Spears') idea. She was going to use this in the promotion of the video - but obviously, after (she) saw the content, decided not to. These weren't sneak pictures."
A lawyer for the conservatorship overseeing Spears' assets, controlled by her father Jamie Spears, had not returned requests for comment as WENN went to press.