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Lawyer Sues Playboy for Harassment

Corri-2008 A Chicago divorce lawyer who put up billboards around Chicago showing her in skimpy black lingerie and who then posed nude and wrote a legal advice column for Playboy is now suing Playboy for sexual harassment. Corri D. Fetman yesterday filed a lawsuit in which she alleges that former Playboy executive Thomas Hagopian canceled her column after she rebuffed his sexual advances. She is seeking damages of more than $4.5 million.

We first wrote about Fetman's firm, Fetman, Garland & Associates, in May 2007, after we read Larry Bodine's post about the firm's racy Chicago billboard. It showed a scantily clad, faceless woman next to the slogan, "Life's short. Get a divorce." We wrote about Fetman again in January 2008, when she revealed in a press release that the woman on the billboard was her. That was not all she revealed. The February 2008 issue of Playboy included what was described as a "provocative nude pictorial of Corri" accompanied by the debut of her online column, The Lawyer of Love.

Her lawsuit alleges that Hagopian, a former executive in Playboy's digital division, harassed her with sexually explicit e-mails and phone calls, groped her, and then took away her column when she rejected him. The harassment caused her to lose focus at work, grow depressed and anxious, and seek medical care, she alleges. "Sometimes attractive women get unwanted attention," said Fetman's lawyer, Timothy J. Ashe. A Playboy spokesperson said the company is investigating Fetman's allegations and takes them "very seriously."

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on March 31, 2009 at 02:07 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)


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