Following the premature, unauthorized online release of Lindsay Lohan’s Playboy pictorial, the magazine has confirmed it will release the issue early.
“Due to high demand, Playboy’s January/February 2012 double issue featuring Lindsay Lohan is now available on iPlayboy at www.playboy.com/lohan,” the magazine announced in a statement to Access Hollywood on Saturday. “Hard copies of the issue will be available on newsstands around Friday, December 16.”
The decision comes after Lindsay’s pictorial spread was leaked online.
More than just the cover, what appears to be the entire spread – 10 photos showing Lindsay mostly topless and her groin region obscured, and the feature article — hit the web on Friday.
Some of the photos, posted on the IMGUR photo sharing website, show a blonde Lindsay with a Marilyn Monroe style hairdo, posing in front of a red curtain and atop pillows in poses very similar to those from the classic bombshell starlet.
When asked why she posed for Playboy, Lindsay cited the “Some Like It Hot” star.
“Sex and sexuality are a part of nature, and I go along with nature,” Lindsay reportedly told the mag. “I think Marilyn Monroe said that, and I agree with her.”
Other poses show Lindsay with her long blonde hair curled, with the actress posing in nothing but light brown platform stilettoes.
Another pic has the actress wearing nothing but a fur wrap.
In the feature story, Lindsay was asked what she’s learned from her troubles.
“That ultimately we are each responsible for ourselves and for our actions,” she reportedly told the mag. “Looking back, I probably would have listened to and taken more advice from the people I admire and would have followed through with it more, but my stubbornness at 18 and 19 got in the way.”
A rep for Playboy did not have a comment when reached by Access Hollywood on Friday.
Later Friday afternoon, however, Hugh Hefner announced the issue would be released sooner than anticipated due to the leak.
“Because of the interest & the Internet leak, we’re releasing the Lindsay Lohan issue early,” he wrote. “Lindsay Lohan was the top search name on the Internet yesterday. Her issue goes on sale late next week. Hot. Hot. Hot.”
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