Published August 06, 2009
Did Vanessa Hudgens not learn her lesson the first time nude photos of her leaked? Or has she been set up?
In September 2007, the "High School Musical" starlet hit headlines when pictures of her posing naked hit the internet. Despite speculation that she would be dumped by Disney, Hudgens publicly apologized for the "embarrassing" photos and Disney responded that they hoped she had "learned a valuable lesson."
Well, perhaps not. On Wednesday, more racy shots of what appear to be the 20-year-old surfaced. It is unclear whether these are new, Photoshopped or from the same controversial shoot as 2007.
Reps for Hudgens and Walt Disney did not respond for comment.
Or maybe it's no surprise after all.
Hudgens is currently prepping to play a potty-mouthed hooker in her first "breakaway" Disney film entitled "Sucker Punch" and is busy doing the media rounds for her new family-friendly flick "Bandslam." So even though such controversy isn’t exactly ideal for the tween pin-up and girlfriend of Zac Efron, it may successfully propel her career in the "adult" stratosphere.
"Vanessa wants to raise her visibility and become an 'A' lister, so by posing Vanessa is shedding her Disney image and becoming a serious actress," Hollywood’s leading image consultant Michael Sands said. "Vanessa feels her career is being held back and she wants to be ‘en vogue’."
Nonetheless, a source close to Hudgens told Tarts that she refuses to discuss the ordeal and is humiliated by the expose.
The fresh slate of scandalous snaps (reportedly leaked from Hudgen’s BlackBerry) also raises the question of privacy and whether it is fair for her to have to take the heat for something that appears to have taken place in her own private place and time. So while fame sure does have its ups, it has plenty of downs too.
"It has become crazy, just the fact that we have people following us around. We're girls with 40-year-old guys chasing us [and] stalking us all day," Hudgens recently told Tarts. "It's really weird. But I feel like it's something that comes with the territory. Unfortunately there is not much you can do about it."
Well, sort of.
On the note of Disney darlings, Miley Cyrus is using her fame and fanbase for a good cause with her own charity auction on eBay to raise money for her Pappy Cyrus Family Foundation (named in honor of her granddad) whose programs support children’s causes all over the country.
Fans can bid to be a "Roadie for the day" on Miley’s new concert tour (with a backstage meet and greet!) or even bid for Miley’s favorite items from her own closet, including outfits she has worn on red carpets and hot Hollywood events.
Ashton Kutcher is certainly no stranger to doing naughty things, but the "Punk’d" star was pretty surprised when he got into trouble at a Hollywood Studio on Monday for doing things that "normal" people are allowed to do.
"I got in trouble twice today man! I’ve got a camera and I post stuff on the internet that with my camera just like any other Joe posts on the internet with his camera," Kutcher told Tarts at Monday’s premiere of the new flick "Spread."
"I went on a studio lot today with a camera and they were like ‘you can't shoot here’ and I was like , ‘What are you talking about? I'm just shooting, there is a fan bus going right now shooting on the lot and they are shooting all kinds and they are going to post those on Facebook. I'm just doing the same thing they are doing!’ They don't think I am doing the same thing but I am doing the same thing."
Oh dear, the tribulations of being a star …
Ashley Tisdale being presented with a gold record while guests enjoyed pitchers of Sangria at the Warner Brothers release party for "Guilty Pleasure" at the Stanton Social in NYC on Thursday.
Julia Stiles picking up some Hostess cupcakes and cookies at CRUMBS Bake Shop in NYC on Thursday.
David Blaine sipping tequila on the rocks and performing impromptu card tricks for guests at Ella on Avenue A in New York City on Thursday.
Former NY Giant Jason Sehorn and his Mrs. Angie Harmon leaving The Hedges Inn in East Hampton on Friday morning.
Kimora Lee Simmons looking sleek in a Tt Collection pencil skirt to flatter her fab post-baby body while hosting the opening of NYC's first JCPenny store on Friday.
Hugh Jackman taking in the sexy striptease "Peep Show" in Las Vegas on Friday night.
Katy Perry using the Kidrobot Donut Plush as a shield from photographers on arrival at the Miami International Airport on Saturday.
Freebie lover Lindsay Lohan, AnnaLynne McCord, Maria Menounos and Kristin Chenoweth celebrating the relaunch of Treesje's Magnolia handbag and munching on mini cupcakes at Kitson in West Hollywood on Saturday.
Mario Lopez at STK in Los Angeles on Saturday filling out a (positive) comment card after enjoying a 6oz filet, crab salad, and corn pudding.
Shaquille O' Neal partying, singing and twittering at PURE nightclub on Saturday while hanging with his wife and friends.
David Spade enjoying the sun, chips and salsa and some much needed R&R (with a bevy of female fans of course) in the infinity pool at BARE POOL LOUNGE at the Mirage on Sunday.
Kim Kardashian with a gaggle of girlfriends at Hollywood's Madame Royale on Monday night, telling the paps her perfume was coming out in February – Valentine’s Day! Nothing like mixing business and pleasure.
Jeremy Piven going where no celeb has gone before by jumping off the top rope during his guest hosting of WWE’s Monday Night RAW at Mohegan Sun in CT. Piven took to the ropes at the end of the night to face WWE Superstar John Cena and it didn’t work out they way Piven planned when Cena used him as a human battering ram to clear the ring…
Justin Timberlake at STK in Los Angeles laughing about the joy of drinking tequila at a business dinner promoting his new brand of tequila, 901 on Tuesday night. The large group of men munched on halibut and steaks while discussing topics like the movie 16 Candles and Jessica Biel’s recent performance in Guys and Dolls at the Hollywood Bowl.
Jerry O’Connell & LL Cool J filming their new show NCIS on Tuesday at the Solair Wilshire, the new high rise on Wilshire and Western in Los Angeles.
Anne Heche with her baby boy Atlas at CRUMBS Bake Shop in LA buying a Good Guy cupcake for her guy James Tupper to celebrate his Birthday on Wednesday.