Over a year after then-15-year-old Hailey Clauson posed for racy photos, her parents are now suing Urban Outfitters and others for taking the photos of their daughter and releasing them on clothing without their permission.
The New York Post reports that the family is suing Urban Outfitters, the photographer, and other retailers that used her photos for $28 million because the photos were “suggestive” in nature. They also claim that the photos could have resulted in their daughter being “the object of prurient interests and provides wallpaper for the likes of pedophiles.” The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan on Thursday.
The lawsuit also claims that Jason Lee Parry, the person that took the photos, said that the photos wouldn’t be released but he still sold them to several retail stores, including Urban Outfitters.
Clauson’s then-agency, Ford Models, claimed at the time that the photos she posed in were “suggestive [in] nature and Parry agreed to never release the photos.”
Clauson’s photos were put on several t-shirts at the time when she was just 15-years-old.
One of the photos includes her sitting on a motorcycle with her legs open. Another features her holding a packet of beer and riding a motorcycle without any head protection. The girl, now 16, claims that the photos that were put on t-shirts caused her reputation to be ruined.
Parry, however, claims that Clauson’s parents gave him permission to use the photos, but he never actually sold the photos because they were stolen from him and “showed up on t-shirts after they were accessible on numerous blogs.”
So, that begs the question: why did her parents let their daughter take the racy photos in the first place if they didn’t want them getting out?