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Dad Defends Miley Cyrus' Racy Footage

May 14, 2010 (6:53 am) GMT
Billy Ray Cyrus takes on his daughter's side about the video showing her grinding 'The Last Song' director, saying it was innocent.
Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus

' dad has defended his daughter over new video footage which features the teen 'dirty dancing' with a 44-year-old movie producer. The "" star was filmed enjoying a night out at the wrap party for her latest movie "" last year, and the footage went public online this week.

In it, the then-16 year old and appears to be grinding up against openly gay Hollywood producer Adam Shankman on the dancefloor. But Cyrus' dad, country music singer Billy Ray, is playing down the controversy surrounding her behavior, insisting she was innocently "having fun." He tells TMZ.com, "It's what people her age do."

It is not the first time Miley has been embroiled in a scandal - she came under fire in 2008 when semi-naked photos of her appeared in Vanity Fair magazine. Cyrus' clean-cut reputation was further sullied when an internet hacker allegedly accessed her cell phone and uploaded a series of saucy snaps of the teen star in her underwear.

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