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Former News Anchor Settles

Former News Anchor Settles
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Mar 17, 2004 10:46 AM PST    Text size: 
AKRON, Ohio -- Catherine Bosley, the TV news anchor whose nude pictures surfaced on the Internet in January while taking part in a wet T-shirt contest, has settled with two Internet companies.

Bosley resigned as news anchor at WKBN in Youngstown, Ohio, after her superiors found out about what she did on her vacation in Key West, Fla., last year.

The two companies which settled were My Way in Irvington, N.Y., and Internet Key Inc. in Holmdel, N.J. Terms of the settlements were not disclosed.

The suit in federal court continues for another company, Seattle-based Marvad Corp., which runs SexBrat.com. Marvad was the first adult site to market the Paris Hilton sex tape with ex-boyfriend Rick Solomon.

The Bosley videotape first surfaced after a Tampa, Fla.-based company called DreamGirls leaked the content onto the web. Sexbrat.com claims to have secured the licensing rights from DreamGirls and marketed the video.

Bosley worked as anchor for 10 years at the station and was vacationing with her husband after recovering from a deadly lung disease when she participated in the contest serendipitously, she said.

She appears on stage for all three rounds of the contest and then at the time of the final judging, she takes off her clothes. The prize money for the contest was no more than $300.

“It was just a spur of the moment, silly, irresponsible thing to do that I regretted a great deal the next morning,” Bosley told reporters earlier this year.

“I know that I have to set a standard and I'm a bit of a role model so I take responsibility for what I'm supposed to be held up to,” Bosley said. “This definitely goes down in one of those categories of what was I thinking? What was I thinking?”

Bosley this week testified that she never gave permission to broadcast nude images and streaming video across the Internet.

The first day of testimony on a preliminary injunction blocking web sites from distributing videotapes of Bosley at the bar featured testimony from Bosley's husband, Richard Brown, and Matt Saunders, computer technician for Bosley's attorney Mark S. Colucci.

A federal judge granted Bosley's request to block the distribution of her images. The order was set to expire March 29.

During cross-examination from Akron attorney Ronald S. Kopp, representing Marvad, the former news anchor said she was aware that everyone could see her performance and some had cameras, but she was not aware of any video recorders.

She said she thought those in the crowd were college students and that ''the worst that could happen was that they would end up with a picture of me in their dorm room.''

Internet research group Terra Lycos said that in late January, Bosley bumped a naked Paris Hilton off of the top slot for searches after her pictures circulated on the web. The pictures even trumped Britney Spears, Pamela Anderson and Kazaa for top search terms.

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