‘Idol’ friend contests photos

Barba's pal says lewd pictures aren't legit

POINT PLEASANT, N.J. — A close friend of “American Idol” semifinalist Antonella Barba says that the aspiring singer is not the subject of some graphically sexual pictures purported to be of her that were posted on the Internet last week.

The pictures include one of four women posing topless at the beach, their hands covering their breasts, and others of a woman engaged in a sexual act. The postings were anonymous.

Barba’s best friend, Amanda Coluccio of Holmdel, with whom she auditioned and won a trip to Hollywood for the second round before being eliminated, told the Newark Star-Ledger that the less graphic photos are of Barba, but denied she is pictured in the pornographic ones.

“The really bad ones aren’t her. I’ve studied them,” Coluccio told the Star-Ledger. “It’s not her nose. She’s never had (acrylic nail) tips (like the woman in the photo) in her life. She’s the least slutty person I know.”

Coluccio did not return phone messages from the Associated Press left at her home.

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