Hailey Clauson sues Urban Outfitters, Jason Lee Parry over 'salacious' t-shirt
Hailey Clauson, a 16-year-old model who has worked for Gucci, Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein and Diane von Furstenberg, is suing Urban Outfitters, two other realtors and photographer Jason Lee Parry, over a t-shirt featuring a photo Parry took of Clauson last year doing a shoot on the back of a motorbike.
While the photos were taken with Clauson's parents approval and according to Parry her father was there for at least part of the session, Clauson claims that no releases were signed allowing him to sell the images to the clothing company Blood Is The New Black, who in turn made t-shirts out of them and sold them to Urban Outfitters among others.
The key issue here seems to be one of who holds the rights to the photos, but that's not keeping Clauson's lawyers from dressing it up and portraying Parry as having taken inappropriate pictures of an underage girl.
The lawsuit states, "She is posed in a blatantly salacious manner with her legs spread, without a bra, revealing portions of her breasts.
"The image of Teen in a spread eagle position making her crotch area the focal point of the image may portray a child in a sexually suggestive manner and may be in violation of one or more federal and/or state laws."
All of this adds up to a picture that "forces" Clauson "to be the object of prurient interests and provides wallpaper for the likes of pedophiles."
For his part, Parry has taken to TV to defend himself and photos. "She's a professional model. She posed herself."