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Wild Wars - Reformed porn star sues TV channel


German media are adding their colourful coverage to the colourful plight of 34 year old reformed porn star. Michaela Schaffrath, as she is now known, thought that her transition to respectable actress would allow her to leave her thriving porn career behind.

Not so. Her former persona of 'Gina Wild' very much lives on and German erotic TV channel Beate Uhse is running a season of her classic films whose titles, such as 'Maximum Perversion' leave little to the imagination. To advertise the films, the company is running a campaign that uses sexy shots of Gina Wild as she then was.

An enraged Michaela got straight on the phone to her lawyer and is seeking to sue Beate Uhse for using the shots in their campaign thereby creating the impression that the reformed actress Michaela still gets dirty as Gina.

Lawsuit aside it is proving difficult for Michaela to bury her past with illegal downloads of her porn proving vastly more popular than her 2001 autobiography. Not having been one to shun publicity, she also produced her own lingerie and fragrance ranges.

In relation to her lawsuit she could find that Beate Uhse TV boss, Andreas Fischer is right to be relaxed. If she signed away her rights to her porn films and associated publicity shots then she'll have difficulty in preventing their use. Similarly, using earlier photos of her in the context of publicising her films may be less illegal than it is contentious.

An additional problem is the publicity she has now courted with her legal action provides a platform for the media to dig out all those pictures she'd rather were forgotten. (see the links to German media below). With all these pictures enjoying a revival in the public domain, the selection of shots used by Beate Uhse may seem tame and not deserving of legal sanction.

Mediabeak also notes that she's offering that type of picture as mobile phone download on her website HERE so her lawyer has got their work cut out!

Michaela may have to resort to human rights legislation and the German constitution and frame her claim in the context of the right to self-development and personality.

The case does pose an interesting question - what can former porn stars or people with a past they'd prefer to forget do to protect themselves from that past. Where they have been as high profile as 'Gina Wild' then it may be difficult to put the past behind them and equally difficult to persuade a court that the media must shut its book on a persona-based commodity who was paid to bare all.

More:
Full uncut story with links from Bild.de HERE
Focus online with useful links and pictures HERE
Stern.de HERE
Her official website HERE and her cosmetics studio HERE
Beate Uhse corporate news HERE and HERE

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