Nick Lachey is stunned by the furore surrounding raunchy photos of the pop star holidaying with his girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo, declaring: "Where's the scandal?".
The former 98 Degrees singer and MTV US presenter were photographed having sex in a hot tub in a private villa near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and their lawyer has issued a warning to media outlets demanding they refrain from publishing the images.
Lachey tells America's OK! Magazine: "Where's the scandal? I was in Mexico with my girlfriend of a year, celebrating our anniversary on a private vacation.
"It's not like I was caught with a Mexican hooker. We've all gone out and had a few too many and done something stupid. We've all made mistakes.
"This is the girl that I love. It's tough to see someone you care about be unfairly judged. It's hard for me as a man to see my girl go through that."
Minnillo adds: "It was embarrassing. But we did nothing wrong. I felt personally violated. If I was being disrespectful I would (have) expected to be punished, but I wasn't. It's wrong."
The couple's lawyer Marty Singer says: "The photos that were taken of our clients by a Mexican photographer violated Mexican law and were a clear invasion of privacy, and we have threatened to take legal action against third parties who publish the photos."