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Drbio
05-07-2002, 09:53 PM
Click ----->Here. (http://espn.go.com/tennis/news/2002/0507/1379640.html)


Anna K is suing for 10 mil for Penthouse printing her boobies. Links would be greatly appreciated. i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

Murphy3
05-07-2002, 09:58 PM
actually, they weren't her boobies

penthouse is getting sued by the woman who's boobies they actually were and will probably get sued by anna kournikova

Drbio
05-07-2002, 09:59 PM
Penthouse's apology was "as fake as the pictures" according to her lawyers.

DTL
05-07-2002, 10:01 PM
Am I allowed to make this link (http://www.kournikova.com/) on this board?

Drbio
05-07-2002, 10:04 PM
not sure I would leave that active DTL...i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif

DTL
05-07-2002, 10:06 PM
huh? what's wrong with that link?

Drbio
05-07-2002, 10:08 PM
might offend the ladies on the board.

DTL
05-07-2002, 10:10 PM
Why? It's only Kournikova's official website!

Drbio
05-07-2002, 10:12 PM
Ah...the old switcheroo....well done.


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djb
05-07-2002, 10:18 PM
The girl in the pics looks NOTHING like Anna..it was real pathetic of Penthouse to publish those pics when I'm sure they knew they weren't of her.

Drbio
05-07-2002, 10:19 PM
haven't seen them yet. Sounds like Anna is going to be making a load of cash....and probably some poor beach-goer as well.

djb
05-07-2002, 10:23 PM
I wouldn't call her poor..she's the daughter (or step-daughter) of the guy behind the Beneton line of clothing.

Drbio
05-07-2002, 10:26 PM
She's filthy rich dj...didn't mean it like that. She has a nike contract and all kinds of other endorsements....but she is going to make loads off Penthouse. Not bad for someone who never won a tournament.

MavsFanFinley
05-07-2002, 10:32 PM
might offend the ladies on the board.

That's not offensive...what's offensive is that someone would post pictures of this nature to sell and claim them as someone else when it's so clearly not.

Forget the money she'll get, that lady is lucky for getting to fool around with Enrique Iglesias. Damn, he's fine!

Oh and Doc, do you think we ladies don't look at naked pics of men? Well, not as often as you guys do with women, but you get the point.

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Drbio
05-07-2002, 10:35 PM
point taken...

djb
05-07-2002, 10:37 PM
I was talking about the actual girl in the photos..not Anna K.

DTL
05-07-2002, 11:11 PM
<< The girl in the pics looks NOTHING like Anna..it was real pathetic of Penthouse to publish those pics when I'm sure they knew they weren't of her. >>



i though the pictures are of Kournikova's head on somebody else's body...no?

Smiles
05-07-2002, 11:15 PM
<< Oh and Doc, do you think we ladies don't look at naked pics of men? Well, not as often as you guys do with women, but you get the point. >>


OMG, Not me. i/expressions/face-icon-small-blush.gif
If just a link is posted, it's not as if we're going to click on it. Just don't waylay us by posting the actual picture.i/expressions/face-icon-small-blush.gif

Thanks i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif

djb
05-07-2002, 11:15 PM
<<

<< The girl in the pics looks NOTHING like Anna..it was real pathetic of Penthouse to publish those pics when I'm sure they knew they weren't of her. >>



i though the pictures are of Kournikova's head on somebody else's body...no? >>



Nah..the face looked nothing like Anna K. Only similarity is they're both blonde.

DTL
05-07-2002, 11:20 PM
ah. just finally read the story Doc posted. oh well.

but Doc should know at least one link to some of those photos he wanted i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

Drbio
05-07-2002, 11:24 PM
LOL DTL...you rule!

DTL
05-07-2002, 11:36 PM
Doc - did you bookmark it? if not, i can PM it to you.

Drbio
05-07-2002, 11:36 PM
I remember ...thanksi/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

DTL
05-07-2002, 11:40 PM
you're welcome. i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

MavsFanFinley
05-07-2002, 11:49 PM
OMG, Not me.

LOL.

I didn't mean like we have a subscription like the guys do, but don't tell me you've never checked out a playgirl before?

DTL
05-08-2002, 12:55 AM
<< OMG, Not me.

LOL.

I didn't mean like we have a subscription like the guys do, but don't tell me you've never checked out a playgirl before? >>



i've never done that. am i missing anything?

grbh
05-08-2002, 01:13 AM
DTL, I have never seen one either, but my hunch is we are all missing sonething from the guys in Playgirl

DTL
05-08-2002, 02:35 AM
<< DTL, I have never seen one either, but my hunch is we are all missing sonething from the guys in Playgirl >>



hmm, speak for yourself, grbh

djb
05-14-2002, 08:55 PM
Sunbather Mistaken for Kournikova Due to Nipples
Tue May 14, 7:06 PM ET
By Gail Appleson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A St. Louis jewelry salesman who sold Penthouse Magazine a video of a topless sunbather misidentified as Anna Kournikova (news - web sites) testified on Tuesday he mistook the woman for the tennis star because of the diameter of her nipples.

Frank Ramaesiri, the salesman, testified at a hearing to determine whether Penthouse will be forced to recall unsold issues of June magazine which carries about a dozen photos of the sunbather, who is actually Judith Soltesz-Benetton, the daughter-in-law of Italian fashion designer Luciano Benetton.

Last week Penthouse, which is owned by financially troubled General Media Communications, acknowledged its mistake and issued a public apology. However both women are pursuing cases against the magazine, whose circulation has dropped to about 650,000 a month from almost 5 million.

Auditors for General Media said in the company's annual report that it may be taken over by its trustee, Bank of New York, if it cannot make its debt payments.

Tuesday's hearing stemmed from Soltesz-Benetton's lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court. Last week the judge in the case stopped Penthouse from posting the photos on the Internet and he must now rule on whether Penthouse should have its distributor recall the June issue.

The sale date of the issue, whose cover carried the headline &quot;Exclusive Anna Kournikova Caught Close Up on Nude Beach,&quot; was April 30 and it is unclear how many issues are already in the hands of readers or on sale at retailers.

Plaintiff's lawyer Judd Burstein said that although Kournikova began questioning the validity of the photographs as early as April 24 and denied they were of her on April 26 Penthouse did nothing to stop distribution. He alleged this was done to boost sales and avoid a financial disaster.

Penthouse founder Bob Guccione acknowleged on the stand that while the magazine can try to get remaining issues back from wholesalers, it has no access to retailers.

Although a recall at this point may have little financial impact on Penthouse, the magazine could be hit with monetary damages from the Soltesz-Benetton case in New York or Kournikova's lawsuit in California.

Soltesz-Benetton, 28, alleged in her lawsuit that the video was taken while she was sunbathing topless in Miami about seven years ago. She alleged the unauthorized publication of the photos violated her privacy and that the photos were used for advertising purposes without her consent.

The plaintiff contended the article accompanying the photos was not a real news story but an advertisement aimed at selling the video from which the pictures were taken.

The suit, which seeks more than $10 million in damages, argued that the magazine rushed to run the pictures without confirming they were actually of Kournikova.

Penthouse argued it tried to verify the pictures and that they were used to illustrate a legitimate news article.

Guccione testified that he spent five or six days comparing the video to Internet photos of Kournikova. Although Burstein seemed incredulous his client could be mistaken for Kournikova, Guccione maintained there were similarities in their faces, rib cages and how they extended their pinkies.

The article's author Annette Witheridge testified she had been asked by Penthouse to write an article to accompany the photos. She said she had felt the pictures were more important than the words and that she had been told by Penthouse not to contact Kournikova.

She said Kournikova's quotes in the article -- including one in which the tennis diva reportedly praised her own breasts -- all came from the Internet or published sources and that she had not checked to confirm the accuracy of the quotes.

Ramaesiri, who is not a professional photographer, testified that he had videotaped some topless sunbathers several years ago. When he was reviewing the tape earlier this year, he saw a woman he thought was Kournikova and contacted Penthouse. &quot;I couldn't believe it, it was a match,&quot; he testified.

Burstein asked Ramaesiri what had led him to the conclusion the woman was Kournikova. The salesman replied there were several reasons including that the sunbather looked Russian, appeared to be seeking privacy and because of the size of her nipples.

He said that while he had never seen Kournikova at a tournament, he had seen a photo of her on the Internet in which her tennis dress was soaked with sweat, revealing the shape of her nipples. &quot;They were pretty evident ... the diameter matched what we had on film,&quot; he said.

Ramaesiri said Penthouse flew him to New York where he met with Guccione. He said Penthouse asked him if the video was time stamped. When he said it was not, Ramaesiri said the magazine did not ask for further proof as to when the video was shot. He said his payment included Super Bowl tickets.

The salesman, wiping tears from his eyes, called himself an &quot;idiot&quot; and apologized to the women and Guccione in court.

&quot;It was unfathomable that it wasn't Anna Kournikova,&quot; he said. &quot;Until I saw Ms. Benetton I though it was Ms. Kournikova. I'm probably the last to know. I'm very sorry I made a mistake.&quot;

Source: Sunbather mistaken for Kournikova due to nipples (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&amp;cid=638&amp;ncid=762&amp;e=1&amp;u=/nm/20020514/en_nm/media_penthouse_dc_3)

Drbio
05-14-2002, 09:08 PM
nipple circumference? LOL.



This is a sad story. Who would have thought Penthouse's circulation would have fallen from 5 million to only 650,000. Sad.

Murphy3
05-14-2002, 09:25 PM
with free porn on the internet, who needs penthouse?

Drbio
05-14-2002, 09:41 PM
geez murph....of all people I thought you would recognize the sarcasm.

Smiles
05-15-2002, 10:48 AM
(edit: sorry i was mean)

Murphy3
05-15-2002, 10:50 AM
i thought for sure smiles and doc would both be able to sense my sarcasm as well

Smiles
05-15-2002, 10:52 AM
okay

Drbio
05-15-2002, 05:51 PM
now that I read it again....i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

DTL
05-21-2002, 10:50 PM
Penthouse Settles Lawsuit Over Topless Pictures
Tue May 21, 9:31 AM ET
By Gail Appleson, Law Correspondent

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The daughter-in-law of Italian fashion designer Luciano Benetton, who is shown sunbathing topless in Penthouse but misidentified as Russian tennis player Anna Kournikova (news - web sites), agreed on Monday to settle her high-profile suit against the men's magazine.

Judith Soltesz-Benetton had sued Penthouse's parent company, financially troubled General Media Communications, for more than $10 million for running the unauthorized photographs. She alleged the publication of the pictures violated her privacy and that the photos were used for advertising purposes without her consent.

The settlement was announced the same day that U.S. District Judge Denny Chin had been expected to rule on whether to take the unusual step of ordering the magazine to recall the June issue carrying a dozen photographs of Soltesz-Benetton.

Financial terms of the settlement were not made public however the plaintiff's lawyer did release a letter of apology Penthouse had sent to Soltesz-Benetton agreeing to destroy some 18,000 copies of the magazine that are in the possession of the printer or distributor.

The letter, dated Monday and signed by the magazine's founder Robert Guccione, also said no further copies of the June issue or the plaintiff's pictures will ever be printed or distributed again. It is unknown how many issues have already been sold.

&quot;This is an apology that is accepted because it is backed up by action,&quot; said Judd Burstein, Soltesz-Benetton's lawyer. &quot;However Ms. Benetton doesn't believe the error was an innocent one.&quot;

He said his client still believes Penthouse had taken &quot;desperate steps to help an ailing business.&quot;

Burstein said he expects Chin to approve the settlement on Tuesday.

Soltesz-Benetton, 28, who is four months pregnant and has a young son, alleged in her lawsuit that the photos were taken while she was sunbathing topless in Miami about seven years ago. She was a professional fashion model at the time and said she sunbathed topless to get an even tan.

During a hearing last week, she testified she wanted the magazine recalled because she did not want it to fall into the hands of her son or future child.

Penthouse had made the pictures from a video it purchased from a St. Louis jewelry salesman who was filming sunbathers without their knowledge. Guccione had testified that he had compared the video with Internet pictures of Kournikova, however the judge voiced skepticism during last week's hearing that the women resembled each other.

Guccione said in his letter: &quot;We acknowledge that those pictures were taken without your knowledge or consent and that you would never have authorized their publication in Penthouse or elsewhere. We made a terrible, but wholly unintentional, error in publishing the pictures of you as Anna Kournikova.&quot;

Kournikova, who will be 21 in June, has sued Penthouse separately in a California federal court. &quot;Our case is just beginning,&quot; said her New York lawyer Randy Mastro. &quot;The case is still pending.&quot;

link (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&amp;cid=573&amp;ncid=757&amp;e=4&amp;u=/nm/20020521/od_nm/media_penthouse_dc_4)

Don Ho
05-22-2002, 12:47 PM
Interesting case but what does this have to do with the Mavericks. This is an odd site.

djb
05-22-2002, 12:48 PM
This is the off-topic lounge..hence all the non-mavs-related threads i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif

DTL
05-22-2002, 01:29 PM
<< Interesting case but what does this have to do with the Mavericks. This is an odd site. >>



that's why we like it so much here, Don Ho i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif welcome to the board!