Carmen Electra, other models suing Northeast Ohio strip clubs over use of images on social media

September 24, 2018

Carmen Electra, other models suing Northeast Ohio strip clubs over use of images on social media

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Four models, including former “Baywatch” star Carmen Electra, filed suit against three Northeast Ohio strip clubs, saying they used photos of the models to promote the clubs on social media without their permission.

Electra and models Lucy Pinder, Khloe Terae and Irina Voronina all say that the Diamond Men’s Clubs used racy photos of them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Yelp in order to gin up business, according to the lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Akron.

The lawsuit says the strip clubs in Cleveland, Canton and Rootstown used photos of all four models on their social media pages multiple times between 2013 and this year.

“Reputation is critical” in the modeling industry, the suit says, and endorsing or promoting a bad product can adversely impact a model’s career.

The use of the images “falsely implies that Plaintiffs have worked for, endorsed, sponsored, approved of, or were otherwise associated or affiliated with the Defendants, their clubs, and their activities,” the lawsuit says.

The models bring claims of invasion of privacy by appropriation, unjust enrichment and other state and federal claims. They seeking an unnamed amount in damages.

The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi.

An email sent to the Diamond Men’s Clubs on Monday morning was not immediately returned.

A man who identified himself as an owner of the Diamond Club in The Flats on Monday afternoon told cleveland.com that he worried about the legitimacy of the phone call. When a reporter explained to him the story he was working on, the man said to send an email but did not provide an address.

The lawsuit is the latest in what appears to be a string of similar lawsuits filed against strip clubs across the country. Electra is a plaintiff in similar suits in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New York in Texas, and other models are involved in these cases as well.

Electra, Voronina and model Brooke Banx also filed suit Friday in federal court in southern Ohio against the Private Dancer Club in Columbus.

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