Ludacris Under Fire By Women's Group For Hiring Naked Women

Ludacris is under fire once again. This time he's targeted by

activist groups who claimed the rapper exploited and degraded several women

by having them walk around without any clothing at the release party for his

latest album The Red Light District in Atlanta, Georgia.

Instead of denying the claims the MC, birthed Christopher Bridges, openly defended

his decision, stating that the women who were hired were strippers courting

entertainment, rather than embarrassment.

"It was tasteful. We just wanted to give the guys and the girls a little

eye candy," Ludacris told "Nothing bad went on."

In addition he went on to state that the entire concept was a strategic business

move to develop a buzz throughout the city.

"With my party, we kinda had it themed out," Ludacris continued. "It

was more like a marketing strategy. You had girls walking around and it was

tasteful. It [was] like the talk of the town."

In related news, Ludacris is scheduled to appear at a settlement conference

February 4 alongside Kanye West to negotiate an agreement between the two and

New Jersey based rap collective, I.O.F.

The group filed a copyright-infringement suit against Def Jam

in April of 2004 stating that Luda and West allegedly jacked the chorus off

of one of their songs "Straight Like That" and featured it on Luda's

2003 smash single "Stand Up."

The Group says that they distributed copies of their demo, which included "Stright

Like That" to both Ludacris and West.

As of press time, representatives from the Island Def Jam Music

Group were unavailable for comment.