Adrienne Bailon was behind the racy photos hitting the Internet, says her former publicist.
Adrienne Bailon apparently wanted to transform herself into a sex symbol -- but things went wrong. Steamy snaps started circulating the Internet this week after her laptop was stolen from JFK airport and returned for a $1000 ransom -- but it turns out the talk of the naughty photos was all initially a PR stunt, reports FOX News.
Here's what Bailon's (now ex) Hollywood publicist/pal Jonathon Jaxson has to say:
• It was all a lie: Jaxson admitted to FOX's Pop Tarts that after the laptop was stolen he and the 25-year-old Cheetah Girl decided to "juice up" the story by saying that "nude pictures could have possibly been stolen."
• She wanted to vamp up her image: "Adrienne's tour with Cheetah Girls will be over December 22, so she is then free to pursue other projects and wanted to be seen as more adult and sexy," Jaxson said. "So after the laptop was stolen we used it as an opportunity to drum up some publicity and start speculating about nude photos, but we never expected anything to get out."
• The photos were not even on her laptop: Oddly enough, Jaxson said that the steamy snaps were actually stolen from the starlet's Sidekick phone (not her laptop) so it's under suspicious circumstances as to how the pics have been made public. "Adrienne and her boyfriend (Kim Kardashian's younger brother Robert) swear they didn't leak them, but it wouldn't surprise me if Adrienne did. It's either her or someone very close to her."
• Things didn't turn out as she planned: "Things are pretty ugly, what should have been an image boost has really turned around and bitten her in the butt," Jaxson added. "Adrienne has been crying for two days straight, she's on her Cheetah Girls tour right now so she has to explain to her fans and is totally distraught. Her career is in real jeopardy." He says that they aren't exactly friends anymore and won't be working together in the future.
A Disney spokesperson said they were still looking into the situation before issuing a comment.