Former American Apparel Employees Sue for Invasion of Privacy

According to the Courthouse News Service, three women who sued American Apparel CEO Dov Charney say the mogul retaliated by posting nude photos of them online and impersonating them in bogus blog posts where the plaintiffs made admissions of an extortion scheme and filing false sexual harassment claims.

Plaintiffs Alyssa Feguson, Tesa DeHaven and Irene Morales filed their complaint against Charney in Superior Court. This time the women sued for defamation, invasion of privacy, and impersonating them online. The women accuse the company of releasing their photos to news outlets. Kimbra Lo, who sued American Apparel for sexual harassment but did not participate in the latest lawsuit, said that photos were sent around to several blogs.

On one blog falsely attributed to Ms. Ferguson, the poster wrote that the woman was upset that the company would not hire her back and would not photograph her no matter how many times she begged. The poster also said she left New York to party and that she is expecting billions from the lawsuit.

Ferguson also said that the defendants posted false statements under her nude photo about how she was allegedly reckless, out of shape, not on time, hung over and unprofessional. Additionally, the statement attributed to her went on to say that she was happy to perform because the house belong to a rich guy.

The women say that most of their nude photos leaked online were taken by Chung, and that most of the photographs were taken with American Apparel company photo shoots but were outside the authorized scope of the shoot and never intended to be seen publicly. The three plaintiffs seek injunctions against the defendants, punitive damages for impersonation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation and invasion of privacy.

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