A bikini model and two-time Hooters Regional Bikini Champion who says she was falsely portrayed as a "lesbian porn star" by Playboy filed a lawsuit last Thursday against the adult entertainment company and founder Hugh Hefner.
Jennifer Whitney claims in her Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit that she was videotaped naked at an "artistic body painting promotion" at the Playboy Mansion and unwittingly wound up on the cover of a videotape called "Playboy Mansion Parties, Hottest Moments and Body Painting."
Whitney claims that she never gave Playboy the right to use her name and picture and that the videotape suggests that she was at a "pornographic party" where women were kissing and undressing each other.
"The (video) misleads viewers into thinking that all of the girls from the artistic body painting promotion, such as Ms. Whitney, were attending a pornographic lesbian party," the lawsuit says.
Whitney, who says she has been held out to "ridicule, scorn and contempt" by the tape and seen her prospects for employment as a model damaged, seeks unspecified damages for invasion of privacy, fraud and unjust enrichment.
The video in question, which was released by Image Entertainment, is rated "R."
Playboy Entertainment Group has not yet issued a statement on the lawsuit.