Thursday, July 03, 2008

Body-builder sues gay newspaper and bar

Chicago Sun Times reports:
An amateur body-builder is suing the Chicago Free Press and a North Side gay bar after the paper ran an ad featuring him clad in leather and chains, allegedly without his consent. Joel Rabb, who works as a personal trainer and a “national level amateur body-builder” claims his photo was used in an advertisement for Bobby Love’s bar, 3729 N. Halsted St., in the paper without his consent, according to a suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court Wednesday.

The ad, which pictures a muscular man wearing chains and leather chaps, reads, “Bobby Loves, tallest cock tail on Halsted” scrolled across the man’s face.

Rabb wants a minimum of $1,000 per violation of the publicity act, all profits derived from the “unauthorized” use of his image and more than $200,000 in damages.

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