Heather Morris, Photographer Court Controversy with "Bruised-Up Barbie" Pics

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Has Tyler Shields crossed a line?

A new spread of Glee star Heather Morris depicts the actress with a black eye, causing many to wonder why a photographer would actually invoke an image of domestic violence in such a way. Easy, says the man behind it: I didn't.

"In no way were we promoting domestic violence," Shields tells E! News "We wanted to do a bruised-up Barbie shoot and that's exactly what we did!"

Heather Morris Pic

More shots are available at Tyler's official site. They all feature Morris with a black eye; some involve the use of an iron and its chord.

"I don't know if Tyler is aware but I'm quite sure there are plenty of women who have been abused by these kinds of household appliances and children as well being hit with electrical cords," says Rita Smith, executive director for the Denver-based National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. "I'm not sure what the purpose is other than shock value."

Shields has courted controversy in the past with photo shoots. There was this one of Lindsay Lohan, covered in blood, just a few weeks ago.

What do you think of the artist's latest work? Has he gone too far?

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