Radio station billboards that featured unflattering photos of a bald, scowling Britney Spears have been taken down after the pop star’s attorneys threatened legal action. In a letter to Clear Channel Communications dated Thursday, Spears’ attorneys accused the company of «offensive, unauthorized commercial exploitation» of the singer, and demanded that the three billboards in the Tampa area be removed. The letter was posted on the Web site The Smoking Gun.
The billboards, advertisements for WFLZ FM’s The MJ Morning Show, depicted the bald Spears and show host Todd Schnitt along with the slogans Total Nut Jobs, Shock Therapy and Certifiable. We have confirmed that the billboards are down, Clear Channel spokeswoman Michele Clarke said Tuesday. She referred other questions to the Clear Channel offices in Tampa, whose representatives did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Clear Channel has removed the billboards, and I’m not happy with that, Schnitt told the St. Petersburg Times.A call to the Los Angeles attorney who signed the letter to Clear Channel was not immediately returned Tuesday. Spears shaved her head bald in February after a stint in rehab.