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Seventeen models have sued three Houston topless bars for invasion of privacy in a Texas state district court alleging the defendants misappropriated their images to promote their businesses and even photoshopped them into scenes depicting them as present at the strip clubs.

The models, most of who are California residents who’ve been featured in print ads, magazines and movies, filed suit against Centerfolds, Splendor and Treasures alleging the topless clubs deliberately positioned their photos on the internet and in social media posts to imply they were strippers or that they endorsed the defendants’ sexually oriented businesses.

The Oct. 24 petition in Middleton v. Centerfolds alleges that while the models signed releases for some of their professionally taken photos, they did not consent to their images being used by a third party. The models also allege the clubs invaded their privacy and are seeking more than a million dollars in damages for injury to their reputations.

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John Council

Senior reporter John Council is a native Texan who covers litigation and appellate courts in his home state. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter: @john_council

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