Instagram influencer Eva Lopez is suing the New York Police Department for $30 million in damages for mistakenly using her image on a “wanted” poster.
The influencer from Queens filed a complaint on March 9th with the Manhattan Supreme Court. The complaint is filed against the NYPD, the city of New York, and a police detective, according to a copy of the lawsuit her lawyer, Mark Shirian, provided Newsweek on Saturday. Lopez is suing for defamation, libel, slander, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence.
Her lawyer stated in the filing, “Ms. Lopez was extremely upset and continues to be upset by the presence of her picture on the Wanted Sign. This incident has damaged Ms. Lopez'[s] personal reputation in her neighborhood and has damaged her professional reputation in her employment.”
Lopez became aware that her image was used on a wanted poster for a sex worker accused of theft on August 16th. After receiving multiple texts, Lopez thought it was a fake. “I really couldn’t believe the police would put me on a wanted poster,” she told the New York Post.
I really couldn’t believe the police would put me on a wanted poster,”
Although the poster was intended for another woman who the police say committed grand larceny in stealing a $13,000 Rolex and Chase credit card from her client’s roommate. The actual “wanted” woman has a sleeve tattoo, and Lopez does not.
According to the New York Post, the photo of Lopez that was used is from a birthday party where she is seen wearing a tube top, leggings, and heels.
The lawsuit states, “Detective Dwyer reiterated that they conducted an investigation and found a surveillance video from the building and that although the female perpetrator did look similar to plaintiff Eva Lopez, the female perpetrator had a sleeve tattoo.”