A federal jury has sided with Cleveland news anchor Catherine Bosley over Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt after a prolonged legal dispute over whether Hustler had any right to publish a photo it acquired of Bosley participating in a wet t-shirt contest. The picture in question had been taken in 2003 when Bosley, then a mere reporter in the local news hierarchy, was vacationing in the Florida Keys and sort of, kind of exposed one of her breasts during the wet tshirt contest.
Bosley and her husband negotiated with the photographer for the rights to the scandalizing pictures after they were, as a matter of course, posted on the internet, a photographic trip along the digital highway that cost Bosley her job at a CBS affiliate in Youngstown, Ohio (she later landed at WOIO in Cleveland). Bosley's lawsuit against Hustler stems from 2006 when the magazine published the picture of Bosley as part of its "Hot News Babes" feature (the magazine called for reader nominations of attractive female news personalities around the country).
Bosley's lawyers argued that Hustler hadn't gotten her permission to use the picture — the magazine had merely used its internet butterfly net to scoop up Bosley's picture in order to profit from it. Hustler contended that it didn't seek permission to use the picture because its lawyers had explained that such a conscientious maneuver wasn't necessary. The jury sided with Bosley and her husband, Richard Brown, awarding them $135,000 plus attorney fees, as well as the peace of mind that comes with not having to deal with Larry Flynt anymore.
Hustler shouldn't have used wet T-shirt contest photos of TV newswoman Catherine Bosley, court says [Cleveland Plain Dealer]