(WCNC) — A former Lake Norman High School student is suing two Internet media companies for libel after she says they posted altered yearbook photos on their websites showing what they claim is the student lifting her gown and exposing herself during the school’s 2011 graduation ceremony.
Now 19, the Mooresville woman says in her lawsuit that strangers have harassed and ridiculed her since New York-based Gawker Media Group and Deep Dive Media of Beverly Hills, Calif., posted the altered photo with articles and headlines that humiliated her and led to “public scorn.”
“Controversy Erupts after North Carolina High School Girl Flashes Crotch in Yearbook Photo,” reads the headline on a May 25 article that’s still posted on Deep Dive Media’s www.opposingviews.com.
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“Female High School Student Accused of Flashing Vagina in Yearbook Photo,” says a headline the same day on www.gawker.com., which also continues to post the article.