BOSTON (AP) _ Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan filed a lawsuit Thursday against a company she says is using her name to sell sexually explicit pictures over the Internet.
In a suit filed in Essex Superior Court, Kerrigan accuses FSX Network Communications Corp., of Staten Island, N.Y., of inserting her name 32 times into a 22-line text page in an effort to get search engines to point to the site whenever a computer user requests information on Kerrigan.
The text page links to three pages where sexually explicit pictures are for sale.
The suit also names Bill Tay of Staten Island as a principal of FSX and Linda Zoker as the owner of the company’s telephone lines. Four other companies believed to be associated with the sites are named as well.
None of the parties named in the suit could be located for comment. Kerrigan’s lawyer, Victor Polk, believed there might only be one person behind the Web sites.
``But with all of these pornographers, it is very hard to follow the trail,″ he said.
The suit seeks to have Kerrigan’s name permanently removed from the site, as well as unspecified damages.
The names Audrey Hepburn, Brooke Shields, Connie Chung and Jane Seymour are used in a fashion similar to Kerrigan’s, and Polk believes the names of as many as 500 other well-known women are also being used to lure web surfers to the FSX site.
In September, Kerrigan settled a lawsuit against a California company she accused of displaying false sexually explicit pictures of her on the Internet. And Polk said a lawsuit is pending against a company that had been selling such pictures on CD-ROM.
Kerrigan, 29, won a silver medal at the Lillehammer Olympic Games in 1994.