Prince Goes Online To Thwart Blackmailer

August 4 [14:00 EDT] -- Prince is making a preemptive strike against a would be blackmailer on his love4oneanother website.

The artist says that he has been contacted by an anonymous photographer who claims to have photos of Prince and his wife Mayte making love on a beach in Hawaii, taken without the couple's consent. According to the site, the photographer is now demanding a "4tune" in return for the negatives.

On the site (at www.love4oneanother.com), Prince writes (in his standard Prince-ese), "Any photos taken of the 2 of us in a state of bliss serve absolutely no purpose in their reproduction or release. That's why they r called negatives!"

Last week, Prince used the site to clear up a post-show fracas in Philadelphia where the performer was mobbed by female fans.