Jennifer Lopez is facing a battle to stop a sex tape going public.
The 41-year-old star is in court with ex-husband Ojai Noa and his agent Ed Meyer to stop their attempt to sell and market videos made during the couple’s 11-month marriage in 1997.
In one of the films, she is allegedly seen ‘flashing’ in public while riding a scooter, it’s claimed.
In Californian court papers filed yesterday, Meyer claims, ‘J-Lo is riding a scooter while talking to the camera and numerous bystanders, with her privates in as plain view as Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan have in the past.
‘This is among other nudity on her part in the 21 hours of home movies that we have so far recovered.’
A grim-faced Jennifer was seen out wearing her trademark fur, coupled with a black polo neck, black leggings and black suede stiletto boots while consoling herself with some retail therapy in Gucci’s flagship Los Angeles store.
The emergence of the so-called tape couldn’t have come at a worse time for the singer and actress.
She’s spent the last few years cultivating a more family-friendly image since her bling ‘Jenny FromThe Block’ days that sometimes saw her dodging bullets when she was on the arm of Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs.
Now, she often features her two-year-old twins Max and Emme in photos shoots and sings romantic duets with her Latin music star husband Mark Anthony.
She’s been competing in punishing triathlons and she also joining the panel of American Idol when it returns again next year.
Together with Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler, they’re taking over from Ellen De Generes who’s left the show, and Simon Cowell, who’s moving to concentrate on the U.S. launch of X Factor.
In the videos she is seen flashing her private parts and displaying other ‘deviant behavior’, according to court documents.
Although the tapes do not contain full sex scenes they could still be of great embarrassment to the star.
The court filing continues: ‘However, Noa & Meyer have never ever intended to market this and the many other racy, damaging & expositive scenes from the Home Videos.
‘It must also be stated that in Noa’s Home Videos, Lopez gives her full consent to Noa taping her’.
But Lopez is not agreeing to these tapes being made public saying they are private and personal, claiming that Noa and filmmaker Meyer are violating an injunction which blocks the release of the videos.
This recent battle between Lopez and her ex-husband is the latest in a long history of legal wrangling – with Noa allegedly trying to cash in on his relationship with the Latin star.
Four years ago, Lopez sued Noa to prevent him from publishing a book containing details of their short-lived marriage.
In 2007, a court-appointed arbitrator issued a permanent injunction forbidding Noa from ‘criticising, denigrating, casting in a negative light or otherwise disparaging’ the Love Don’t Cost A Thing singer.
Lopez was awarded $545,000 in compensation and Noa was ordered to hand over all copies of materials related to his proposed book to Lopez’s legal team.
In November 2009, Lopez again sued Noa for breach of contract and invasion of privacy, citing a previous confidentiality agreement between the two of them to prevent Noa from releasing his planned film, How I Married Jennifer Lopez: The J-Lo and Ojani Noa Story and ‘previously unseen home video footage’.
But Meyer has argued in the court filing that he is not held to a prior settlement between the former couple because he did not benefit from it and didn’t know Noa at the time.