Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Story highlights The old photos were of the woman killed in by her husband, Chris Benoit Evidence shows the publisher of Hustler honestly thought it could run the photos, the court says Former wrestler Chris Benoit also killed his son and himself, police say. A federal appeals panel has tossed out a lawsuit against Hustler magazine brought by the family of a slain professional wrestling personality, a case testing privacy concerns and the competing right to publish "newsworthy" material.
The family of Nancy Benoit, slain wrestling star, can sue Hustler over nude photos
Judge: Hustler owes family for nude photos of wrestler's wife
The court turned down Hustler's appeal Monday. Benoit killed his wife,. Hustler published year-old nude photographs of Nancy Benoit after the deaths gained international attention. Her family filed a federal lawsuit against the Larry Flynt Publishing Group, Hustler's publisher, claiming that the woman, a model and former professional wrestler herself, had asked the photographer to destroy the images immediately after they were shot. A federal judge ruled in the magazine's favor in October , dismissing the lawsuit and concluding that the magazine had the right to publish the photos in part because her death was a "legitimate matter of public interest and concern.
Family of slain wrestler loses privacy appeal over nude pictures
Hustler Magazine had no right to publish nude photographs of Chris Benoit's deceased wife, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The family of the late Nancy Benoit filed a federal suit against Larry Flynt Publishing Group last year after Hustler published nude photographs of the professional wrestler's wife. It was just horrible," said Richard Decker, the family's lawyer. Nancy Benoit, of Fayette County, posed nude for still photographs and a video in
The magazine had claimed that the photographs of Nancy Benoit, who was killed by her husband, WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, were newsworthy. But U. District Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr. Hustler said it was a jury case, but the judge said no.