March 3, 2006

Star demands Playboy pull issue with her on cover

By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Film star Jessica Alba demanded
that Playboy magazine pull its March issue, saying on Thursday
that its editors made her an unwitting cover girl and misled
readers into thinking they could see her nude inside.

Lawyers for Alba sent Playboy a letter threatening to sue
if it did not remove the issue -- which features a publicity
photo of the bikini-clad actress on the front -- from the
stands and pay for damages to her reputation and career.

"Playboy has violated my personal rights and blatantly
misled the public, who might think I had given them permission
to put me on their cover when I didn't," Alba, 24, said in a

Alba's lawyers say that after the "Fantastic Four" star
refused to pose for Playboy, the magazine tricked Sony Pictures
into giving them a publicity photo from her 2005 film "Into the
Blue," for the cover.

In the February 23 letter, which was made public on the
Smoking Gun Web site, attorney Brian Wolf says Playboy sought
to create the false impression that Alba would appear in
revealing pictures inside the magazine.

A Playboy spokeswoman said Alba was placed on the cover
after being chosen "sexiest star of the year" by its readers.
She was included inside the magazine in an article on the top
25 sexiest celebrities as chosen in an online poll

"Many celebrities have appeared on the cover of Playboy,
but not nude, including Claudia Schiffer, Paris Hilton, Goldie
Hawn, Raquel Welch, Barbra Streisand, Brooke Shields and Donald
Trump," Playboy spokeswoman Lauren Malone said.