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September 1, 2011 6:00 PM

'Glee' Star in Controversial New Photo Shoot

"Glee's" ditzy cheerleader Brittany is all bruised in a brand new photo shoot with Tyler Shields -- and it's got some online fans in an uproar!

Heather Morris sports a serious black eye and, in one photo, is seen tied up with an iron cord in the controversial spread posted on Shields' website. The inspiration behind the shoot: Even Barbie bruises.

"So wait… we’re glamorizing bruises/abuse now?" one commenter writes on Tyler's message board.

Another commenter writes, "There is absolutely nothing new or revelatory about pics like this ... They just perpetuate images of battered women. Can you please explain why you’re so stuck in the dark ages?"

Shields is sticking up for his work though, telling TooFab "It was something we both wanted to do, a bruised up Barbie. In no way were we promoting domestic violence. We both loved the idea and we both love the photos."

Calls to Morris' rep weren't immediately returned.

Controversy is nothing new to the young photographer -- he previously photographed Lindsay Lohan pointing a gun in her mouth.

What do you think of the photos? Sound off below -- and check out some behind-the-scenes video from the shoot.

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