Blake Lively 'nude pics' stir up web controversy, 'Gossip Girl' style

blake-lively-phone.jpgLeave it to a "Gossip Girl" to set the internet all abuzz with scandal!

On Tuesday (May 31), nude photos appearing to depict Blake Lively hit the web and quickly triggered a response from Lively's publicist, who denied the photos were of the 23-year-old "Gossip Girl" star. Since then, news outlets from Us Magazine to the Washington Post have been reporting the photos are fake, citing Lively's spokeswoman.

"Blake has never taken nude photos of herself," the spokeswoman said Tuesday night. "Blake will pursue legal action against the publication which initially published these photographs and any other outlets that republish them in any manner."

Initially circulating on Twitter and Tumblr, the five photos look to have been taken in an on-set trailer and a hotel bathroom. Zap2it posted a story (and added Lively's rep's denial), about the shots, with a censored version of a photo, as did other outlets, including PerezHilton and OhNoTheyDidnt.

Lively, who plays Serena Van der Woodsen
on The CW's teen hit, also was in the news Tuesday for another photo, one reported to be her holding hands with actor Leonardo DiCaprio in Monte Carlo. She co-stars in the upcoming movie "The Green Lantern," set to open June 17.

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