Woman Called ‘Hot Convict’ Sues Website For Using Mugshot
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TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A woman called “hot convict” is suing a website for using her mugshot.
Meagan Simmons has filed a lawsuit against a background check website called InstantCheckmate.com. Simmons, a mother of four, stated that the company used her attractive arrest booking photo for commercial and advertising purposes, without compensating her or even asking for her permission.
The 28-year-old woman said that the “exposure has disturbed her peach of mind, invaded her privacy and caused mental anguish,” CBS News reported.
Simmons’ image popped up on countless websites where she was branded “a hot convict,” according to The Tampa Bay Times.
She is seeking monetary damages and an injunction to prevent further use of her photo, which was taken during a 2010 DUI charge.
“People are really weird. They stalk you, they message you, they say crazy things,” Simmons told WTSP last April in a discussing the backlash of her viral mugshot. “They know where I live. People are talking about flying to Zephyrhills, visiting me, marrying me. People on Twitter have even offered by pay my bills.”
She also explained that she is concerned for her safety.
“It was nice and funny at first, and then it started getting scary…,” she said. “… I have four little people to worry about, not just myself.”