FRANCE midfielder
Franck Ribery is seeking
$1.5 million in dama
ges from US cable news
channel CNN for using
his image in a story about
the death of a woman in
a cryotherapy chamber,
his lawyer said.
CNN ran a story on
October 28 about the
death of Chelsea Ake-
Salvacion, a 24-year-old
American woman who
was found dead in a
cryotherapy tank in a
Nevada spa.
CNN used a photo
showing Ribery’s head
while the footballer
used a similar machine,
which many high-level
sportspeople often do.
“It results from this
publication that the
photograph of Mr.
Franck Ribery has been
associated to a woman’s
death related to the
cryotherapy treatment,”
lawyer Carlo Alberto
Brusa said.
“Mr. Franck Ribery,
a world-famous
professional soccer
player and former
member of the France
national soccer team,
has never given
his permission and
consent to the use of
this photograph — and
therefore of his image —
related to the aforesaid
publication.”
Brusa said the use
of the photo was an
“illegal association,
which constitutes an
infringement of the
personality rights
and the French ‘droit
l’image’ (image right), is
a wrongdoing for which
you are responsible
and which obliges
you to repair all the
damages suffered by
Mr. Franck Ribery and
his family following
this morbid publication
and the public reactions
provoked”.


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