Former American POW Lynch's semi-nude photos under spotlight
( 2003-11-12 15:19) (Agencies)
Porn king Larry
Flynt, casting himself in the unlikely role of white knight to US Army private
Jessica Lynch, said he bought semi-nude photos of the former POW "to keep them
out of circulation."
The family of
Jessica Lynch. [File photo]
The Hustler publisher and free speech crusader said he acquired the snapshots
of Lynch from two soldiers who served with her. The slight blond became a
national hero after she was wounded and taken prisoner during the US-led
invasion of Iraq in March.
"I purchased them at first with the
intention of publishing them, however, I quickly changed my mind and decided
simply to keep them out of circulation," Flynt said in a statement. "If Jessica
Lynch wants to join the army and see the world, and if she wants to have a good
time while she's at it, I'm not here to judge her."
former American POW Jessica Lynch. [File
Flynt, a vocal critic of the Iraq conflict, described Lynch as a pawn in the
US government's "cynical attempt to create a 'hero' who can 'sell' the war to
the American people".
"But Jessica Lynch is not a hypocrite," he said. "She's a victim of the media
and the Government, co-conspirators desperate to justify the war in Iraq."
The photos reportedly feature a topless Lynch romping with two men at Fort
Bliss, Texas, where she was stationed before shipping off to Iraq earlier this
A spokesman for Lynch's publisher, Alfred Knopf, could not immediately be
reached for comment. Knopf on Tuesday launched "I Am A Soldier,