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Wednesday
Sep282011

Plastic Surgeon Allegedly Posted Nude Photos of Clients with Names

Comstock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) -- Six women in St. Louis have filed a lawsuit against a plastic surgeon who allegedly posted nude photos online of their torsos before and after surgery with their names attached to the images. The women say this was done without their consent or knowledge.

The before-and-after photos appeared in Google images if the women's names were searched or if the doctor's name was searched, according Neil Bruntrager, the attorney representing all of the women. He said that if a viewer hovered the cursor over the image, the woman's name would appear below the photo.

"Some of these women have public positions -- lawyers, teachers, CPAs -- all kinds of people who would be searched," Bruntrager said. "They were horrified. Every one of them has said, 'I'm embarrassed. I'm humiliated.'"

"All of the actions of Defendant, Dr. Koo, were careless and reckless and performed in complete disregard of the law and the rights of the plaintiff," Bruntrager wrote in the lawsuit. All of the women are identified only as Jane Doe in the lawsuit to protect their privacy.

Koo is being charged with invasion of privacy, including counts of unreasonable publicity, breach of fiduciary duty and wrongful commercial appropriation and exploitation of plaintiff's image and medical information.

"I am very sorry that this internet problem occurred," Koo wrote in a statement. "I have apologized personally to the patients involved. I sincerely regret that the protective mechanisms supposedly set up by the web host failed and allowed this problem to occur."

She said the patients gave permisson for unidentifiable before-and-after photos to be posted on the website and that the appearance of the names was unintentional and due to a technical issue.

Forensic investigators are working to track the images and make sure they are not saved anywhere.

Bruntrager wrote in the lawsuit that his clients "suffered shame, humiliation, embarrassment, anxiety, nervousness, loss of sleep and interference with her enjoyment of life, all of which will continue into the future."

The clients are seeking monetary damages from Koo, but no court dates have been scheduled yet.

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