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Florida model: 'Some have mischaracterized me as homophobic'

massing Here's a statement sent to me from model Benjamin Massing, a University of Central Florida student, who is suing Genre and a photographer for publishing his photograph in the gay magazine:

"Last week I filed a lawsuit in New York based on the unauthorized use, distribution, and publication of my image.  One of the photographs was cropped and altered to make me look nude and included my contact information. Numerous media outlets focused on the fact that the images appear in a publication geared toward the gay community. Based upon these reports, some have mischaracterized me as homophobic which could not be further from the truth. The real issue is that I never signed a release or gave permission to use or alter my pictures for adult-themed media. No matter what community the publication attracts, the use of my image in a sexually explicit way without my permission violated my rights.”

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