Designer jeans creator, Calvin Klein, may face child pornography charges after the F-B-I confirmed it's investigating his latest advertising campaign.
The probe will determine whether the models were underage and whether their suggestive poses constitutes pornography.
Klein pulled the campaign last month.
Putting a brave face on the furore surrounding his summer advertising campaign, Calvin Klein presided over the opening of his flagship store in New York this week.
But he was saying nothing about the inquiry.
The blaze of publicity surrounding his scandalous ad campaign does not seem to have affected business - if anything, it's boosted sales. Customers flocked to the opening of the store.
These are the pictures that offended American sensibilities.
The probe will investigate whether these scantily clad models are under eighteen. If so, Calvin Klein could be charged with sexual exploitation of minors.
The agencies who supplied them say none are children.
Some New Yorkers say they think the suggestive youthful look was bordering on obscenity.
"If you are asking about the advertising on the buses, that they've agreed to take off, I thought that it bordered on soft porn, and I thought that it was shameful of them to do it, and I thought that their excuse when they admitted error so to speak was ridiculous, that it had some higher purpose, ridiculous."
SUPERCAPTION: Ed Koch, Former New York Mayor
The FBI will also be investigating these television ads in which a apparently predatory off-camera male voice questions the models.
"That's a nice body. Do you work out? Yeah I can tell."
SUPERCAPTION: Calvin Klein advertisement
Klein set the style for his young body look with an advertisement that featured a cooing young Brooke Shields fifteen years ago.
"You wanna know what comes between me and my Calvins, nothing."
SUPERCAPTION: Brooke Shields
The American Family Association made the first formal complaint to the Justice Department at the end of August.
"We hope that the advertising industry will get the message that the use of children as sexual objects in advertising is still a taboo and always will be and that this line will never be crossed again."
SUPERCAPTION: Patrick Trueman, Director American Family Association
Calvin Klein has issued a statement stating he is confident no laws have been violated.