<
>

Russian: Magazine to blame for publication

8/8/2004

NEW YORK -- French Open champion Anastasia Myskina filed an
$8 million federal lawsuit against GQ magazine, claiming it allowed
topless photographs of her to appear in a Russian magazine without
her permission.

The Russian tennis star said she never intended for two shots of
her appearing shirtless to be published anywhere, her attorney said
Saturday. The lawsuit was filed Friday in Manhattan federal court.

The photos were taken by GQ photographer Mark Seliger for a
spread in the October 2002 GQ edition, and one approved photo of
her fully clothed was published along with a profile of the tennis
player.

Myskina's lawyer, Alexander Berkovich, said his client retained
the right to approve the photos prior to publication and resale was
not permitted in the contract.

"These were photos taken in a closed environment and this
was not the arrangement," he said.

The lawsuit against Seliger, GQ and its corporate parent Conde
Nast alleges that Seliger sold the photos to Medved magazine and
that GQ failed to stop him.

"The photos published in the July/August 2004 issue of the
Medved are highly embarrassing and have caused Ms. Myskina great
emotional distress and economic harm and injury to her
reputation," she says in the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Federal
Court.

A message left for a Conde Nast spokeswoman Saturday was not
immediately returned.