Gay sports Web site sued over marathon photo
August 19 2004 11:00 PM ET
*The gay-themed sports Web site Outsports.com is being sued by a North Carolina man after it featured his picture in its coverage of the Los Angeles Marathon. Chris Harbinson, a resident of Wake County, N.C., claims he was humiliated by the implication that he's gay. He's seeking damages against the site over a picture in which he appeared among 150 shots in its coverage of March 7's Los Angeles Marathon. Harbinson was a participant in the marathon; the photo shows him stretching and smiling for the camera. OutSports.com said in a statement that there was no caption included with the picture.
In the suit Harbinson is seeking damages in excess of $10,000 as well as punitive damages and legal fees. He claims he suffered "extreme embarrassment, public humiliation, mental agony, and damage to his name and reputation." Atlanta-based attorney Cynthia Counts is representing the Web site. She described the case as frivolous and totally without merit. The photographer who shot the picture was a credentialed member of the media covering the marathon, and Harbinson was participating in a public event, she said. Outsports even removed the picture from its site after receiving a cease-and-desist letter last April from Harbinson's lawyer, she added, in keeping with Outsports policy. Reached by phone, Harbinson's North Carolina attorney, Aaron C. Hemmings, declined to comment on the case.
- Holiday Gifts for Everyone 10 Great Graphic Novel Gifts 1 hour 28 min ago
- Parenting Baby Coming? Here Are the Top Baby Names of 2013 2 hours 12 min ago
- Year in Review Meet the People Fired for Being LGBT in 2013 5:30 AM
- Holiday Gifts for Everyone 12 Excellent Gifts for Those Who Indulge 4:19 AM
- Women WATCH: Gaga & Xtina's Amazing '70s-era Lesbian Duet of "Do What U Want!" 2:04 AM
- Year in Review The Big Ideas of 2013 12:47 AM
- Marriage Equality NOH8 Founders Adam Bouska & Jeff Parshley on Campaign's 5th Anniversary December 17 2013 9:23 PM