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Spamalot producers sued by model
Spamalot poster
The poster is on a wall near the theatre in New York
A model is suing the producers of the hit Broadway musical Spamalot for using her image in a promotional poster without permission.

In documents filed at Manhattan Supreme Court, Carla Collins, 23, accused the producers of the Monty Python show of making a fool of her.

Ms Collins' lawyer said the promotional poster showed his client "with falsely enhanced physical features".

Producer The Shubert Organization was unavailable for comment.


The musical's advertising and marketing agency, Serino Coyne, is also named in the lawsuit, which is seeking unspecified damages.

Botswana-born Ms Collins, who has appeared in photos as a model in France, the UK and Australia, is currently enrolled in an acting school in New York, Mr Wilson said.

The photo - used on the poster on the wall of the Shubert Theatre - was taken nearly two years ago after Ms Collins had finished a photo session in Cape Town, South Africa.

Mr Wilson said Ms Collins had finished the shoot when she jokingly blew a kiss to a photographer who took her photo.

The use of the photo "tends to hold her up to public ridicule and contempt" and has caused her "great anxiety of mind, humiliation and mortification", the court documents said.

He added that the photograph had been retouched "in the chest area".

Spamalot, written by Eric Idle and based on the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, opened on Broadway last year and won three Tony awards.

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