Catherine Bosley, a television news anchor, recently won a case against Hustler Inc. who had published a photo of her dancing in a wet T-shirt contest without her permission. On Thursday a federal appeals court ruled against the photographer, who argued that the image was protected under the First Amendment, according to Reuters.
Bosley, the then 37-year-old news anchor for a CBS television affiliate in Ohio, participated in a wet T-shirt contest while on vacation in Florida in 2003. An amateur photographer snapped pictures of her without her knowledge, which had cost Bosley her job after the photos surfaced on the Internet.
A press release issued by AVN Media Netowrk said that Catherine Bosley entered the wet T-shirt contest, where she was found dancing naked on the bar. The amateur photographer Fontran Durocher captured this on film and posted it on his website, lenshead.com.
Bosley and her husband negotiated with the photographer for rights to the photos, Reuters reported, which they registered with the U.S Copyright Office in 2004. Hustler Magazine then published one of the revealing photos in its "Hot New Babes" series two years later, prompting Bosley to sue.
A three-judge panel in the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in Bosley's favor, with the jury awarding her with $135,000 for copyright infringement and attorney's fees.
But the blonde newscaster wasn't always a journalist in the mid-western region of the United States. Here are five things to know about the anchor that recently triumphed over Hustler Inc.
1. Bosley was born in Ashtabula County, Ohio, but move to the East Coast to begin her television career. Her first job in TV was in Erie, Pennsylvania at WICU-TV, where she had interned the summer before. Her next move was an anchor position in Elmira, New York, where she anchored, produced and reported.
2.Bosley's favorite hobby is running, according to a profile on her published on 19 Action News' website. The news anchor has 10 marathons under her belt and plans to run many more. She someday hopes to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
3.Catherine Bosley is also an avid sports fan, and her athletic tendencies led her to her husband, who is also a husband. The 19 Action News website also says that she is a huge fan of teams such as the Browns, the Indians and the Cavaliers.
4.Charity work is another passion of Bosley's, and is dedicated to the American Heart Association. She volunteers with that organization in the Mended Hearts group, visiting patients at the Cleveland Clinic.
5. Other career highlights for Bosley include working for WROC-TV in Rochester, NY where she also worked as a morning show co-host for Y-103 radio. But, family is most important of all, Bosley says. "I'm so blessed to be able to do what I love most in the area with the people I love most," she said, according to 19 Action News.
Catherine Bosley currently works as a news anchor for WOIO 19 Action News, which is a CBS affiliate in Cleveland.