By DAREH GREGORIAN Last Updated: 2:50 PM, April 6, 2010
What kind of girl do you think she is?
A former stripper at the Penthouse Executive Club is suing for "emotional distress" over a billboard that portrays her as a dancer for Scores.
In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Nicole Hughes says she worked as "an exotic dancer" at Penthouse's W. 45th St. jiggle joint between April 2007 and July 2009.
"The scope of Ms. Hughes job duties included only exotic dancing and she was forced to take part in a photo shoot for Penthouse in May of 2008," the suit says. She was also pressured into signing a release and told she'd be paid a whopping $4, the suit says, but was assured "her pictures would only be used by 'Penthouse' and affiliated with the 'Penthouse' name.'"
Not so, the suit says.
Beginning in November of last year "and until the present day, unauthorized pictures of Ms. Hughes have been displayed on billboard in and around the New York City area under the 'Scores' affiliation," the suit complains. "Hughes' affiliation with the Scores name has damaged her integrity as an adult entertainer," the filing says, and caused her to suffer "severe emotional distress as well as severe financial hardship and disruption to her life."
The suit seeks unspecified money damages for Hughes "mental anguish, emotional distress, humiliation and loss of reputation." It also says Penthouse never even paid her the four bucks for the shoot.
A woman who answered the phone at Penthouse - which is owned by the same person who owns the celebrity haunt Scores - said the manager wasn't in and she couldn't comment.