“Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara is suing a non-surgical company for using her picture without due permission.
According to New York Daily News, the Colombian actress filed a legal action in Los Angeles Superior Court against Venus Concept for using an image of her in their endorsement.
The promotion apparently used one of her personal pictures she previously shared on Instagram. She is demanding the company to remove her photo and pay at least $15 million.
The court documents showed that Venus Concept has blown-up Vergara’s personal snaps for their exhibition booths, trade shows, and even on their websites with words that read, “Loved by bombshell actress Sofia Vergara.”
The report added that Vergara underwent a tightening massage from Venus Concept back in August 2014, and she took a picture of the procedure which she posted for her followers. She captioned it, “What is so funny Marilyn?? Legacy massage at @drlancerrx.” Although the image got almost 40,000 likes, Vergara reportedly stated that she did not enjoy the treatment.
“Vergara tried the Legacy treatment, but ultimately did not like it, finding that it was a waste of time and money with little in the way of any results,” according to the lawsuit.
Reports claim that the 43-year-old actress was first linked to the beauty company ahead of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, when she availed of the Venus Legacy machine to get ready for the red carpet.
Venus Concept released a statement to US Weekly to address the issue saying, “Our company has not yet been served with the lawsuit involving Venus Legacy, however, we are surprised by its filing and intend to vigorously defend our company in this matter.”
“Thousands of satisfied patients and customers are using Venus technologies every day in over 50 countries worldwide. Our award-winning technology strives to make a profound impact in the aesthetic communities we serve around the world. We are committed to delivering an elevated customer experience. We look forward to resolving this matter expeditiously,” it continued.