Hedge Fund manager Maria Dominguez lost her case against Sean “Puff Diddy” Combs when the judge tossed the case claiming that a woman who takes off her top at Diddy’s White Party couldn’t expect much privacy. Dominguez filed a $3 million invasion-of-privacy suit when a topless picture of her was published in the November 2006 issue of Vibe captioned “Mermaids Gone Wild.”
Sean Combs’ annual White Party is famous and are subjects of public interests and news organizations. The picture of Dominguez, 28, romping in a pool with the other lovelies in sexy mermaid suits, appeared on a page that featured photographs of clothed celebrities. She claims that she was unaware of being photographed and never gave anyone permission to publish her controversial picture.
Vibe argued it didn’t need permission at a “newsworthy” event, and Judge Ling-Cohan agreed. though Dominguez charged that picture was used as advertising for the hip hop star. Combs’ counsels, however, insists that coming as a mermaid in provocative costume at a renowned party and knowing that there were swarms of photographers around should have given her an idea what she was getting into.