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Photo: Brooke Shields (Allegedly) Smoking Weed With Bad Brains’ H.R.

According to a maaaybe reliable source and Grantland writer David Hill, this is an authentic 1983 photo of model Brooke Shields smoking weed next to Bad Brains frontman H.R.

Shields would have been 18 at the time, depending on the month. H.R., according to his manager, had just lost a tooth after "hitting a huge stage divider pole at the Reggae Lounge."

A spokesperson for Shields denies it's her. This person resembles her, mostly—look at the eyebrows! But what about that freckle under her left eye? Is that pixelation, or a freckle that was carefully concealed in every photo ever taken of her?

Update: City Paper photographer Darrow Montgomery points out that there's something weird going on with the poster behind the couch, too. It looks cut off. Also, the paint on the wall is an inconsistent color. On H.R.'s half it's periwinkle (or lavender, if you like); on maybe-Brooke's half, it's white.

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    "Update: City Paper photographer Darrow Montgomery points out that there's something weird going on with the poster behind the couch, too. It looks cut off. Also, the paint on the wall is an inconsistent color. On H.R.'s half it's periwinkle (or lavender, if you like); on maybe-Brooke's half, it's white." - -

    There is obviously an angular white piece of wood or cardboard behind the couch and in front of the poster, creating the appearance that the poster is 'cut off' and that the wall is two colors. Note that the blue color of the wall is cut off at exactly the same angle as the corner of the poster. There are a lot of reasons to doubt that is Shields but there doesn't appear to be anything 'weird' about the background of the photo at all.

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