Urban Outfitters sued by teen
Hipsters, avert your eyes: Urban Outfitters is being sued.
Sixteen-year-old model Hailey Clauson is suing the retailer for upwards of $28 million for selling a t-shirt with a “blatantly salacious” picture of her (the very one to your left) on it.
The picture in question (which the suit describes as, “the object of prurient interests and provides wallpaper for the likes of pedophiles” and argues that, “her crotch area [is] the focal point of the image”) was reportedly taken by Jason Lee Parry when Clauson was 15 and then wound up in German magazine Qvest and on t-shirts sold by Urban. The suit claims the photographer “agreed never to release it after Clauson’s then-agent from Ford Models complained.” (Urban Outfitters did not have a comment for EW regarding the lawsuit.)
In addition to Urban, the image of Clauson, as well as another shot of her taken by Parry, wound up on shirts at New York and Los Angeles boutiques Brandy & Melville and Blood Is The New Black, respectively, who are also targeted in the suit. Parry told the The New York Post that Clauson’s parents were on hand for the 2010 photo shoot when the picture was taken and that “the images got [stolen] from me.” (The manager at Brandy was not available for comment, while Blood Is The New Black owner Mitra Khayyam told EW that they — as well as Urban, who they have partnered with for six years — had no knowledge of a “no model release” form.)
Hell to the No!