L.A. lawyer under fire for editing herself into celebrity photos
September 19, 2014
A Los Angeles-based attorney currently at risk of suspension from the State Bar can be seen posing with the likes of President Barack Obama, George Clooney and Kim Kardashian. However, she appeared in all of the pictures by way of Photoshop. [SF Gate]
State Bar Court Judge Donald F. Miles found that attorney Svitlana Sangary used deceptive advertising when she superimposed shots of herself with celebrities. After being warned by the State Bar, Sangary refused to take the photos down from her website for a period of about two years, court records indicate.
Sangary defended herself in what Miles described as “a 16-page soliloquy with little to no rational connection to the charges at hand.”
In the response to the charges, Sangary wrote that actress Natalie Portman was alleged to have lied about her performance in the film Black Swan. A ballet dancer from the film said that Portman’s head was superimposed on her body, Sangary wrote.
In Sangary’s photos, the attorney is also seen posing with Hillary Clinton, Paris Hilton and Joe Biden. She is accused of photoshopping about 50 pictures with A-list celebrities.
The court has recommended that Sangary be suspended for six months and placed on probation for three years. The State Supreme Court has the final say on the matter.