Cindy Crawford’s Photographer Threatens Lawsuit Over Fake Leaked Photo Of The Supermodel

Mar 2, 2015

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Cindy Crawford’s Photographer Threatens Lawsuit Over Fake Leaked Photo Of The Supermodel

Mar 2, 2015

Tiffany Mueller

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You may recall a couple weeks ago when a photograph of supermodel Cindy Crawford made it’s way around the internet. By modern beauty standards, especially those a model, the photo showed the 48 year old woman to have an unflattering midsection; however, much of the internet perceived the image in a positive light as it helped to break down those very same, and unfair, beauty standards women are held to. The photo was part of a shoot Crawford and photographer, John Russo were doing for the cover of Marie Claire (Mexico) in 2013, which ultimately turned out like this:

In a letter dated February 25th, the lawyers of Russo issued a take down notice asking those who posted the leaked image to remove it immediately, never post it again, and publish a public clarification and apology, as stated in the wording below…

Screencap of the takedown notice mailed to The Telegraph from Russo's photographer.
Screencap of the takedown notice mailed to The Telegraph from Russo’s photographer.

In the letter, it was explained that the image was copyrighted material belonging to Russo, which had been stolen from him (by an either unknown or undisclosed person) and was altered to make the model look badly before it was posted on the internet with the headline that it was “leaked” and “untouched”. The lawyers gave the recipients of the letter 48 hours upon delivery to comply with their demands or Russo would exercise his right to sue them for “substantial damages.” A signed statement of truth from Russo was also attached to the takedown notice.

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Excerpt from Russo’s signed Statement Of Truth.

You can read the entire letter, here. In his own effort to disprove the leaked image’s authenticity, Crawford’s husband, Rande Gerber, took to Instagram soon after the alleged photoshopped went viral with this photograph of Crawford sunbathing, showing off the body that helped to make the model famous.

She got flowers and I got her. Happy Valentines Day @cindycrawford A photo posted by Rande Gerber (@randegerber) on

TMZ, who originally reported the lawsuit threat, says many of the media outlets who received a letter from Russo’s camp are complying with the requests.

[ via TMZ | Lead Photo By Ian Smith ]

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4 responses to “Cindy Crawford’s Photographer Threatens Lawsuit Over Fake Leaked Photo Of The Supermodel”

  1. Вергунов Сергей Avatar
    Вергунов Сергей

    This is what I suspected from the very beginning. One may photoshop an image for better, but it is also possible to deliberately edit an image for worse. It only depends on skills. BTW, I don’t care about this particular Cindy…

  2. Zamfirescu Vladimir-Alexandru Avatar
    Zamfirescu Vladimir-Alexandru

    It’s like looking at a headline from 1990.

  3. John-Paul Danko Avatar
    John-Paul Danko

    Anyone else amused by the irony that a photo that was celebrated for being natural and authentic by the anti-photoshop crowd was actually photoshopped to be a completely fake representation of reality….?

    1. Tiffany Mueller Avatar
      Tiffany Mueller

      Yes :)