Hustler Loses Nancy Benoit Case Over Nude Photos

Matt Boone

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Justices: Slain wrestling star’s family can sue Hustler over nude pics
By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer

Washington (CNN) — The Supreme Court has decided that the family of a slain professional wrestling personality can continue its lawsuit against Hustler magazine, a case that tested privacy concerns and the competing right to publish "newsworthy" material.

The justices without comment Monday turned aside an appeal from the publishers of the men’s magazine, which featured old nude photos of Nancy Benoit, who was killed nearly three years ago by her husband and fellow wrestling superstar Chris Benoit. The couple’s young son also was slain in the family’s Georgia home.

The order is a victory for the estate of Nancy Benoit, which is seeking damages from Hustler.

At issue was whether the constitutional right of privacy indirectly referenced in the 14th Amendment trumps the First Amendment protections of the media and publishers in this "right-of-publicity" dispute.

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