A warning to the ladies: don’t go to Diddy’s annual star-studded White Party dressed as a topless mermaid then sue for $3 mil when your photo ends up in a national magazine. That’s what one woman did – and she lost her case.
A Manhattan judge threw out the case of hedge fund manager Maria Dominguez, 28, who sued Diddy, VIBE and an unidentified photographer for $1 million each for violating her privacy rights by printing a photo of her and two other scantily clad sirens with the caption “Mermaids Gone Wild,” according to the New York Post.
Dominguez said she never gave anyone permission to take her picture at the 2003 party in East Hampton, and the magazine never asked for her permission to run it in their November 2006 issue, where it was featured in a spread on Combs’ parties over the years.
Dominguez said the publication of the picture showing her topless – with the exception of what appears to be a small starfish-shaped pasties – gave her “mental strain and distress and disturbance of peace of mind.” It also caused “irreparable harm” to her “reputation, goodwill and to her person” and forced her to lose “certain business opportunities.”
You’d think Maria would have thought about her rep and job as she slipped into the mermaid costume. She obviously wanted attention and she got it.