A private photo showing â€œHigh School Musicalâ€ star Vanessa Hudgens nude and standing in front of a mirror may derail her chances of appearing in the movie version of the popular franchise. The scandalous story broke when the photo of the 18-year-old actress first started appearing on the internet this week. Representatives of the Walt Disney Company, which owns the rights to â€œHigh School Musicalâ€, were left scrambling as confirmation from Hudgens representatives finally arrived on Friday. â€œThis was a photo which was taken privately. It is a personal matter, and it is unfortunate that this has become public,â€ said Hudgens representatives in a statement given to the press.
The news comes as a devastating blow for Disney as it prepares to broadcast â€œHigh School Musical 2â€ this weekend. The immensely popular TV specials have been a lucrative cash cow for the company and have elevated the showâ€™s young stars to the forefront of
Whether this latest misstep is one that will help or hinder the film career of Hudgens is hard to pin down at the present time. Based on previous incidents some female celebrities that have undergone similar kind of unwanted public attention have had their careers go bust (â€œShowgirlsâ€ star Elizabeth Berkley) or boom (Paris Hilton).