LATEST: The operators of a Britney Spears fansite have issued a public apology to the pop beauty for publishing pictures of her one-month-old son Sean Preston.

TangibleBrit.com was one of a number of sites - including WorldOfBritney.com and BritneySpears.org - which published the pictures, prompting Spears to threaten legal action over the "stolen" images.

Those in charge at TangibleBrit.com claim the photographs were sent to them anonymously, adding, "This website will be down for ever how long it will take to have this serious wrongdoing over with."

Other sites have also removed the images and issued apologies.