Adult Film Star Alleges Used Fake Profiles With Her Image


Adult film star and Playboy model Melissa “Midwest” Harrington has joined a lawsuit filed against alleging the Internet dating site intentionally used her image in fake profiles.

The lawsuit was first filed in November, on behalf of model Yuliana Avalos. Avalos said she never created a profile; however, that didn’t stop hundreds “if not thousands,” of her images from showing up on the site. The New York Post reports the lawsuit links the fake profiles to possible criminal activity:

The suit alleges the Web sites’ subscribers are routinely being
“scammed” out of user fees by “criminals” working out of Internet cafes
overseas in Nigeria, Ghana and Russia. It claims thousands — if not millions — of photos pirated off
Facebook and other Internet sites are being posted as false ads in the
form of fake, for example, charges $35.99 monthly for standard service.

Harrington, an adult film star who has appeared in FHM and Playboy who recently joined the suit, also claims she never joined the dating site:

In the suit, Harrington says that is “intentionally” using
her image to boost profits and website traffic. She says she’s gotten
“thousands of complaints from American romance-scam victims over the
past six-plus years” who were duped by her images, as well as complaints
from “hundreds of victims who were defrauded out of millions of

The amended suit filed on Jan. 27against and sites owned by its parent company IAC/InterActiveCorp in Manhattan federal court, is asking for $4.5 billion.

“While Ms. Harrington is the most famous of all men or women whose
photographs have been used consistently in fake Match dating profiles,
she is the only one of thousands of men and women whose likeness and
images have been hijacked by defendants and used as avatars in fake
profiles,” the lawsuit states.

A spokesperson said the lawsuit is “filled with outlandish conspiracy theories and clumsy fabrications in lieu of factual or legal basis.”

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