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Fox 13 Reporter Sues Over Provocative Photos

Whew.

That’s about the response you get after reading the federal lawsuit filed by Fox 13 reporter Lauren Lee against several entities over nude photos posted on a Website purporting to depict her. In the lawsuit, she categorically denies the images are of her.

But what’s more, the lawsuit says actual photos of Lauren with her friends are juxtaposed on the site “thedirty.com” along with the pornographic images.

And what’s more, Lauren’s lawsuit claims the site makes several derogatory claims about activity she and other girls on the site allegedly engage in.

From her suit:

“In or around April of 2011, Ms. Gauck (Lauren’s actual last name) discovered that she was the putative subject of multiple posts on “thedirty.com” which included pornographic images purportedly featuring Ms. Gauck posing in the nude in a provocative manner … Ms. Gauck is not the woman in the nude pictures and does not know the woman actually pictured therein.

“Other pictures appearing on the website juxtaposed with the pornographic images show the real Ms. Gauck with friends at a Chicago Cubs baseball game and Ms. Gauck with friends at the shore of Lake Michigan near downtown Chicago.”

Her suit, which seeks no less than $50 million in damages, goes on to say the Webpage had some 22,000 hits before the pictures were temporarily removed. “Upon further information and belief, many of those hits were from Internet users within the Western District of Tennessee.”

An attorney with Baker Donelson in Memphis has filed an answer to Lauren’s suit on behalf of defendants Nik Lamas-Richie and Dirty World LLC.

The answer to Lauren’s claim basically denies everything – and includes this line:

“Plaintiff’s claims are barred because plaintiff is a public figure and defendants have not acted with actual malice.”

Lauren did a story in 2010 about the site and apparently talked to the owner. You can read her story, Cyber Bullying Through Blast Sites, here.

Dansette

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