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Anna Kournikova settles with Penthouse

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After a battle that raged for more than a year, Penthouse magazine has settled with Anna Kournikova for falsely claiming that naked pictures of her were featured in its June 2002 issue.

"The case has been settled to the satisfaction of the parties," officials from Octagon, which represents Kournikova, said in a statement.


This actually is Anna, but Penthouse wouldn't know that.
After realizing that the 13-photo spread was not pictures of her, Kournikova immediately filed suit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, claiming that her name on the cover in association with the pictures invaded her privacy and defamed her name.

The lawsuit asked for damages in excess of $10 million, but is unclear if the settlement involved a payment. An Octagon spokesperson declined to talk about specific details of the settlement. Kournikova makes approximately $13 million a year off the tennis court in endorsements and photo shoots.

Kournikova's lawsuit followed that of Judith Soltesz-Benetton, the daughter-in-law of fashion designer Luciano Benetton, who said the photos were taken of her on a Miami beach about seven years prior to their publishing.

Unlike Kournikova, Penthouse settled with Benetton just weeks after her lawsuit was filed. Terms of that settlement were also not disclosed.

The magazine's circulation is about 1.2 million, but Penthouse publisher Robert Gucchione said the company would destroy the 18,000 back issues it planned to hold in reserve.

In a statement released after both lawsuits were filed, Penthouse officials admitted that "in over 30 years of publishing this magazine, we have never made an error of anything approaching this magnitude. We can only say, 'We're sorry' to the two women." Calls placed to Penthouse were not immediately returned.

The real Kournikova, who is ranked No. 76 on the WTA Tour, is featured on the current cover of Maxim magazine.

Darren Rovell, who covers sports business for ESPN.com, can be reached at darren.rovell@espn3.com.




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I remember those photos, they were clearly not Anna. How anyone could think that was Anna in the pic is beyond me. I don't buy their apology. They must have known it wasn't Anna.

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yeah, I guess that's why Penthouse is going out of business!!
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yeah, I guess that's why Penthouse is going out of business!!
I heard Da Boi was buying it to do more trolls!
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im with tine, it was OBVIOUS those pics werent her. the girl looked nothing like anna. the face was entirely different.

robrich, penthouse has been having trouble for some while. in fact, i think all porn mags are having financial problems cos people would rather spend money on porn videos than magazines that have half pictures/half shitty articles.


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robrich, penthouse has been having trouble for some while. in fact, i think all porn mags are having financial problems cos people would rather spend money on porn videos than magazines that have half pictures/half shitty articles.
yup, the porn mags are sufferring big time, and it's because of the internet. There's a gazzilion hard core porn sites out there, most of them have free galleries or free previews. In addition there's Kazaa blah with thousands of free top quality mpgs (i speak from experience )
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porn mags going out of business?? no great loss
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