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Models sue Orlando strip club over ads

Women say Diamond Club used their likeness without permission, pay

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Playboy playmate and a swimsuit model filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming an Orlando adult entertainment club used pictures of them in advertisements without their permission.

The lawsuit was filed against the Diamond Club on North Semoran Boulevard.

The plaintiffs include Jessica Hinton, Playboy Playmate of the Month in April 2011, who has also appeared in television's "7th Heaven" and "Baywatch."

She claims the Diamond Club used her likeness to advertise a Halloween Bash.

Model Paola Canas filed suit with Hinton.

According to the lawsuit, Canas is a Colombian-born model and actress.

She claims her likeness was used in a Diamond Club advertisement for an exclusive VIP card.

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Both women claim in the lawsuit that they were not asked permission before the ads were published, nor were they offered any money for the appearance.

They claim their images were pirated.

"The unauthorized use of Plaintiff's images is offensive, insulting, humiliating, demeaning and damaging to each model's reputation, marketability and brand," the lawsuit alleges.

Each of the women is demanding a judge grant them no less than $180,000 in payment and damages.

News 6 attempted to get the nightclub's side of what happened, but no one answered their phones, and the club was shut down due to damage from Hurricane Irma.

Hinton has sued adult entertainment clubs before.

News 6 found out she sued a Tampa area club for also using her likeness without her permission.

She sued with another model, Ashley Vickers, who graduated from the University of Central Florida.

According to court records, that lawsuit is still being fought in Hillsborough County.


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