Britney Spears is taking on the "false tabloids" one more time.
In a statement released through her record label, the expectant mother said she and husband Kevin Federline were "outraged and saddened" that photos of a recent family vacation to Miami were published by Us Weekly after they were stolen by an "unknown perpetrator."
Though the photos "depict happy family vacation memories," (as opposed to the usual shots of unkempt trips to the local convenience store), Spears and Federline were considering taking legal action against the magazine for publishing the pics without their permission, according to their statement. The alleged theft of the photos remained under investigation.
In response to Spears' claims, Us Weekly issued a statement denying that the magazine had resorted to illegal means in order to obtain the photos.
"Any charge that Us Weekly stole these photos is preposterous. The magazine acquired the photos strictly through legal means," a spokesperson said.
It's certainly not the first time Spears and Us Weekly have butted heads. To review:
In December, the pop star sued the celebrity-fueled publication for $20 million over a column in its Oct. 17, 2005 issue that claimed Spears and Federline feared that a "raunchy" video of their bedroom exploits would become public. According to the suit, said "X-rated tape" does not exist.
Us Weekly's rebuttal: The magazine said it stands by its "credible source" for the story.
In March, Spears posted an angry missive addressed to "false tabloids" on her official Website in which she tore into Us Weekly, In Touch and Star for employing "liars."
Us Weekly's rebuttal: "Unlike other magazines that pay for access to Britney, the writers at Us Weekly have high journalistic standards and do their own researching and reporting for all stories. Our coverage of Britney has proven to be accurate."
In February, Spears said she was "disturbed" by Us Weekly's decision to publish her "private honeymoon photos."
Us Weekly's rebuttal: "Coming from a celebrity who sold pictures of both her wedding and her stepdaughter, it's unlikely the issue here is privacy. Could it be that Britney is seeing red after not seeing the green from these photos? Britney Spears should start a magazine if she'd like to dictate her own coverage."
On the last point, Spears and Us Weekly see eye-to-eye. In her recent Dateline train wreck, er, interview, the "Oops" singer told Matt Lauer that she wanted to start up her own publication.
"You know what? I need to create my own magazine," she said. "These people like--I mean, they want stories to sell and they're very good. I need to come up with my own magazine and say the real deal."