12.03.08 9 years ago 11 Comments

Olympic breaststroker and fantasy breaststrokee Amanda Beard has filed a lawsuit against tanning salon company ProSun, alleging that the Florida company illegally used her image for profit.  More from TMZ:

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court, the multiple Olympic medalist claims a tanning salon company in Florida used her likeness without permission, posting her picture on their website “to create the impression that Beard endorses ProSun products.” Beard is asking for unspecified damages.

A rep for ProSun claims they took the photos in question at a charity event a few years ago — and have the right to use them as they wish. We’ll see who’s right if this thing goes to trial.

I’ll be honest, when I read the TMZ headline that said a “tanning company burned her,” I thought it was gonna involve leather products and a branding iron.  I haven’t been this disappointed since I read the story under the headline “High School Dropouts Cut in Half.”

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