Model Sues Urban Outfitters Over ‘Salacious’ Photo Printed on T-Shirt

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This is one model who’s not so thrilled that her face is emblazoned on a shirt.

California model Hailey Clauson, who’s just 16, has filed a whopping $28 million lawsuit claiming that a racy photo of her is being used illegally on the company’s apparel. The Manhattan court filing rails against Urban Outfitters, two boutique stores, and photographer Jason Lee Parry for allowing the “blatantly salacious” shot to appear on a t-shirt. Clauson says the photo has damaged her reputation.

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The photo shows Clauson, clad in leather shorts, sitting with her legs perched on the back of a motorcycle. If you’re wondering what could possibly be so scandalous, the photo is still available on Parry’s website. (The image shows nothing illegal, but click with caution.) Now imagine that image splayed across the chests of millions. The lawsuit cites that “her crotch area [is] the focal point of the image” and notes that the shot is of interest to “the likes of pedophiles.”

Even at her young age, Clauson is a mainstay on the modeling scene, having worked in Los Angeles and Paris for haute designers like Gucci and Oscar de la Renta. The blond bombshell posed for Parry at the March 2010 shoot, when she was just 15. But the lawsuit says Parry agreed not to release the photographs after Clauson’s modeling agency complained. The murky situation began when the images wound up in German magazine Qvest and subsequently on t-shirts at Urban Outfitters.

But as with any court proceedings, cue the “he said, she said.” Photographer Parry, 32, says that Clauson’s parents were present at the shoot and gave permission for him to release the photos. But he later told the New York Post that “the images got [stolen] from me.”

Nick Carbone is a reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @nickcarbone. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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14 comments
jsfox
jsfox

Not sure how you tell the difference anymore. The TeaParty has pulled the Republican Party so far to the right that as a Party that aren't even the Party of Reagan anymore. Reagan would have nothing to do with them he's go back to being a Democrat.

sacredh
sacredh

"In the marquee North Carolina contest, the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity, backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, has run about $7 million worth of television ads against Hagan for supporting the healthcare law."


A bunch of Koch suckers.


Commonsince1981
Commonsince1981

Tillis is not a moderate candidate, but it fits the MSM narrative against the Tea Party, so Sam is running with it.  Nice inclusion of the Koch brothers in the article as well. 

Channah
Channah

Oh my gosh!!  ''Tea Party-backed libertarian and a Baptist pastor''.  I cannot think of a worse combination.



Robbert5
Robbert5

"....meaning a moderate candidate will face vulnerable Democratic Sen. Hagan this fall"

Uhm no, Thom Tillis  is not a moderate candidate.  He is as far right wing as the other candidates, really there is little daylight between them however Thom Tillis has the backing of big shots in the establishment.  I guess that would make him the moderate in the eyes of the MSM.

JamesTanner
JamesTanner

@jsfox  The far right just means limited government u moron, which is a good thing. The center is big government and the left is even bigger government.

JamesTanner
JamesTanner

@Robbert5  Really he is for big government which makes him a progressive Republican.  He fits moderate perfectly.  THe far right is no government, the middle right is limited government.   Go learn the political spheres before u open your dumb mouth.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@JamesTanner @jsfox  

I find that simplistic notion somewhat ignorant. No one is for 'bigger government' and you would be loath to find a bigger one than during Bush. One day 'wingers such as yourself will realize that it's the role of the government that sets the two ideologies apart, not an arbitrary size. And not a role as in 'I wan't to be in your life' because if that was true GOP really want to scrutinize every single facet of regular folks lives. But more how it guarantees folks equal opportunities, be it as consumer, labor, business owners etc.

GOP however seems to view that more as a king of the hill. 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@JamesTanner @jsfoxSo which part of the big government are they willing to give up personally? Scratch a Tea Partier and one invariably finds someone taking federal funds, usually to a much bigger extent that they ever paid in,

moni222
moni222

@JamesTanner @jsfox- No the far right means big government that only serves the needs of a small self-serving fraction of the population, including imposing their religious believes on everyone else.

jsfox
jsfox

@JamesTanner @jsfox  Ah name calling certainly has convinced me you have a clue. "he far right just means limited government" and I really think it is  rather stunningly naive that you actually believe this.  I have yet to see anything from the far right that even remotely resembles limited government. Wea are done now buh bye

Robbert5
Robbert5

@JamesTanner @Robbert5 

Every repug is for big government except they claim not to.  They are for bigger military and eyes in your bedroom.  It doesn't matter whether you call them far right, moderate or progressive (of which there are none left).  Thom Tillis does not fit in the moderate classification, he is far right (like every other nut job who identifies himself as repub nowadays) which also includes you by the looks of it.  Now get your foulmouthed arse outtahere and let adults join in the conversation.