'Attractive convict' sues over use of mugshot

Meaghan Simmons' 2010 mugshot. (Handout)

Meaghan Simmons' 2010 mugshot. (Handout)

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, Last Updated: 2:53 PM ET

A Florida woman who became known in Internet memes as the "attractive convict" after a 2010 arrest is suing a website for using her mugshot to make a profit.

Meagan Simmons' mugshot following her July 25, 2010, arrest for drunk driving has seen her photo make top hot mugshots lists on websites, but she says InstantCheckmate.com used her photo in advertising without her permission, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The ad by the public records search website shows Simmons' mugshot and has the words, "Sometimes, the cute ones aren't so innocent."

The lawyer for the 28-year-old mother of four said even though the image has been used as a joke on the Internet, the company cannot use it in ads.

"If someone is going to use your image, they need to pay you for it," Matthew Crist told the newspaper.

Simmons' DUI charge was reduced to reckless driving, a misdemeanor that resulted in a fine.


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