The Maria Sharapova crotch shot photo seen below was central to a federal lawsuit filedĀ in New York against the CEO of Japanese ad agency Dentsu Holdings, Toyo Shigeta.

Maria Sharapova crotch shot

According to the New York Daily News:

The head of a leading Japanese ad agency secretly snapped crotch shots of tennis star Maria Sharapova as she posed for a popular Canon camera ad in 2005 – then passed the photo around to colleagues, a federal lawsuit claims.

Toyo Shigeta, chief executive officer of Dentsu Holdings, used a telephoto lens to satisfy a perverse obsession with photographing women’s private parts, according to a suit filed by the firm’s fired former creative director, Steve Biegel.

“Taking closeup crotch shots of women is a personal obsession of defendant Shigeta,” Biegel says in the discrimination suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court.

Biegel, 44, said the company, which has its U.S. headquarters on Fifth Ave., canned him after he complained about Shigeta’s shutterbug shenanigans.

And now you’ve seen the infamous Maria Sharapova crotch shot photo.