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Battle Over Naked Nick, Vanessa Pics

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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TUBBIN' TWOSOME Lachey, Minnillo (Photo: Getty Images)

Having boinked his girlfriend in view of a paparazzo's lens, Nick Lachey is making a belated all-out effort to put the toothpaste back in the tube.

Lachey's lawyer, pitbull-to-the-stars Marty Singer, is threatening severe legal action against Fame Pictures, the agency whose freelancer caught Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo romping naked and apparently having hot-tub sex on the balcony of their private villa in Mexico.

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"We intend to bring the full weight of the law against anyone who violates our clients' rights," Singer said in a statement to Radar.

A number of photos from the series were published two weeks ago in Life & Style, which bought only the first-run rights, putting them back on the market after a week. At that point, according to sources, OK magazine negotiated a deal to obtain the permanent copyright to the the images. (Though the New York Daily News claims OK agreed to pay $400,000 for the photos, sources with knowledge of the deal say the price was actually in the mid-to-high five figures.) The magazine then turned around and offered to keep them out of circulation if Lachey and Minnillo would give them an interview and pose for a cover shoot. They consented.

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