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'Glee' Star

Bruising Photo to Help

Domestic Violence Victims

9/4/2011 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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It seems ironic ... but the brutal photo of "Glee" star Heather Morris sporting a fake black eye will be auctioned off soon ... and all of the proceeds will go towards a domestic violence charity ... TMZ has learned.

The photo ignited a major controversy when it was released on the Internet a few days ago -- with some critics saying it glamorizes violence against women.

But Tyler Shields, the photog behind the shot, tells us that was NOT the intention -- and he's sorry it came off that way.

Shields says ... to make up for the controversy, he'll be auctioning off the photo, starting at $100k, and will donate every single cent he makes to a top domestic violence charity.

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31.

Gracie     

Your better than this Heather Morris

960 days ago
32.

Cujeaux    

Oh, I thought this was another mug shot of the 'pinkie promise' teacher who raped her student.

960 days ago
33.

Carl    

What exactly did the photographer think the response would be? Actually I think he knew darn well it would cause a stir and is just playing dumb.

960 days ago
34.

PsyCho    

Its art...I know that there have been people that have been beaten up with iron in crazy domestic famliy fights,but in this case, its just art. Like the photographer stated about the shoot, "Barbie gets brusies too."

960 days ago
35.

She's baaaack    

Sorry but that picture looks like she banged her cheekbone real good getting into or out of a limo or is recovering from yet another nose job. If she had a black eye from being battered her eye would be a mess. It sure wouldn't look like that. I wouldn't pay a buck fifty for that picture.

960 days ago
36.

jw    

first: that's some butt ugly lipstick.
second: do you know what you tell a woman with two black eyes?... nothing you haven't already told her twice before.

960 days ago
37.

maria    

They should put a real victim and pay for her good money this woman don't know the pain .....is one more way to became famous! she is not the right model for this campaing! I am not impressed !

960 days ago
38.

Mel    

To the people who said that she's not smiling or anything, you really need to check out the rest of the photoshoot that TMZ has unfortunately not included. She IS smiling about being tied up with a cord of an iron and also while posing on the ironing board and while pretending to burn the dude's crotch. It is distasteful.

960 days ago
39.

Emerald    

You'll think next time

960 days ago
40.

jpierce26    

For those that "like" this pic....check out the others he did of her during the same shoot. She is smiling with a black eye while drinking steaming water out of an iron and more. How sick.

960 days ago
41.

Piper    

Should blacken her other eye so it matches...

960 days ago
42.

Tyson3332    

This is a terribly terribly amateur photo - the black eye looks so fake - I would be embarrased to present this work. Must have been a couple of kids playing with the grown ups make up and camera equip.

960 days ago
43.

Tyson3332    

This is a terribly terribly amateur photo - the black eye looks so fake - I would be embarrased to present this work. Must have been a couple of kids playing with the grown ups make up and camera equip.

960 days ago
44.

Dan    

If someone deserves to get hit on that show its gotta be Finn, Rachel or Mr. Shuster. Am I right? heh

959 days ago
45.

stephanie    

Its sad they are trying to make money off something fake, dont show pictures and glorify (sorry if spelled it wrong) something unless you have been through it. thats not something to be proud of.

959 days ago
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