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DiCaprio Sues Playgirl Over Photos

March 27, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ ``Titanic″ star Leonardo DiCaprio nude in Playgirl magazine? Not if he can help it.

DiCaprio, 23, sued Playgirl on Thursday to prevent it from publishing photographs of him in the buff in its July issue.

The lawsuit claims Playgirl officials have refused to allow DiCaprio to view the pictures or reveal their source. The lawsuit, which also seeks unspecified damages, said publishing the photos would be ``offensive and objectionable.″

``Mr. DiCaprio is confident that his rights will be protected by the courts, and will not tolerate Playgirl or any other person or entity’s illegal exploitation of his name and likeness,″ a statement released by his publicist said.

The photos also are being used to promote Playgirl’s Internet site, said DiCaprio, who also stars in ``The Man in the Iron Mask.″

Nobody answered the phone late Thursday at Playgirl’s New York offices.

Brad Pitt filed a similar lawsuit against Playgirl in July over publication of nude pictures. A judge later prohibited further distribution of the magazine.

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