Riot-hit London district slams Britney Spears' video

LOS ANGELES - September 26, 2011

Officials in the east London borough, which was scarred by last month's riots, are miffed that the singer filmed a video in the area that shows her robbing a store and brandishing a gun.

Spears shot the clip for her upcoming single "Criminal" while she was on tour in Britain this month. The singer's public relations firm says the video depicts Spears and boyfriend Jason Trawick "in a Bonnie and Clyde-style setup, holding shops up while on the run as armed robbers."

For Hackney Council, that was in poor taste. It said Monday officials had approved the video shoot but "did not agree that a replica gun could be used on location."

The council is "taking this up with the production company."

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