American Penthouse magazine published nude pictures of a woman, claiming that it was Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova. Western journalists think that the lawsuit that was filed against the magazine, can make Penthouse go bankrupt.
Nude photographs depicted not Kournikova, but former model Judith Soltesz-Benetton, who looked like her. She filed the lawsuit in the sum of ten million dollars, the magazine acknowledged its mistake and had already compensated Judith, although the sum of the payment was not known. However, the photographer still says that the bosom that he caught with the viewfinder of his camera belonged to Kournikova.
There is one thing clear, though: the scandal will cause considerable financial damage to Penthouse’s father Bob Guccione (71), who has already sold his house, since he could not pay for it due to the considerable reduction of income. The circulation of the magazine is going down, and even such scandals cannot make it grow.
Larisa Suyetenko PRAVDA.Ru
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov