A controversial nude image of Brooke Shields, taken when the actress was only 10 years old, has been removed from London’s Tate Modern Gallery after police visited the museum with the concern the flick could be deemed pornographic, Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.
“The officers have specialist experience in this field and are keen to work with gallery management to ensure that they do not inadvertently break the law or cause any offence to their visitors,” a Scotland Yard spokesman told the paper.
The photograph is a a photograph of a 1975 portrait taken by Garry Gross with the permission of the actress’ “stage mom” mother, Teri Shields. It feature little Brooke wearing heavy makeup and standing nude in a bathtub.
The portrait was scheduled to be shown as part of the “Pop Life: Art in a Material World” Exhibit, which opened Thursday. Instead, the room containing the portrait has been reportedly closed off.
“The exhibit is temporarily closed. We are in discussions with police,” a spokesman for the Tate Modern said.