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Another Disney star in the news

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 28th 2008 2:03PM
Brenda SongMiley Cyrus is doing mea culpas all over the news about the racy photo shoot in Vanity Fair, basically saying she's embarrassed, but blaming Annie Leibovitz for the pictures. Umm, Miley, you were there. You could have said, "Oh, no, I won't do photos like that cause I'm a Disney girl and Hannah Montana can't do that, get it?" Whatever. Her story is getting press, but it's another Disney Channel star, Brenda Song, who's filed a lawsuit. She really has a reason to gripe.

Brenda Song, who co-stars on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as London Tipton -- sort of a Blair Warner for today's teens (and if you don't know Blair Warner, you never watched The Facts of Life), has filed a lawsuit with a company that used her image in an escort service print ad that appeared in L.A. Weekly.

"This is an unauthorized use of Brenda Song's image and her personal attorney has issued a cease and desist to the advertiser," said a Mouse Company press rep.

They're looking for $100,000 in compensation, which is cheap considering they way the ad sullied her reputation. The ad showed the actress with the words, "Hawaiin (sic) beauty. Come get lei'd." Brenda's all for the legal action, and not for the money. "In filing suit, I hope to prevent this company from doing this again to anyone else."

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Thanks sitruc, I'm glad to find I wasn't the only one to bust out laughing at first. And then again when I read the "Come get lei'd" line.

This is nothing new though. Stars have long had their images used in unathorized advertisements, both in the States and around the world. The last time I watched Leno he showed some actress (I think it was like Uma Thurman or Gwyneth Paltrow) some ad that featured them in a bikini selling griddles or something. You sue, you win, you move on.

April 30 2008 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My first reaction after reading that a company "used her image in an escort service print ad that appeared in L.A. Weekly" was BWUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Seriously though, that's funny. If she isn't actually an escort she should sue though. That's not cool if she has never been employed there.

April 29 2008 at 1:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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