Woman sues website for using her ‘attractive’ mug shot
Meagan Simmons, of Zephyrhills, Fla., seen here in a 2010 mug shot, filed the lawsuit in Hillsborough County Court against InstantCheckmate.com. (Courtesy of Hillsborough County)
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – A 28-year-old
mother of four has filed a lawsuit against a background check website,
saying the company used her attractive arrest booking photo for
commercial and advertising purposes, without compensating her or even
getting her permission.
Meagan Simmons of Zephyrhills filed the lawsuit in Hillsborough County Court against InstantCheckmate.com.
In her lawsuit, she says all the exposure has disturbed her peace of
mind, invaded her privacy and caused her mental anguish. The suit seeks
monetary damages and an injunction to prevent further use of her
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Simmons' image popped up on countless websites where she was branded "a hot convict."
The photo was taken during a 2010 DUI charge.
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