Puerto Rico anchor sues Carnival over image use

AP News
Posted: Jun 07, 2011 7:09 PM
Puerto Rico anchor sues Carnival over image use

A TV anchorman in Puerto Rico has sued Carnival Cruise Lines for $40 million claiming the company used his image in promotional materials without his consent.

Pedro Rosa Nales, a longtime anchor for WAPA-TV, says in the lawsuit that Carnival and its parent company have taken advantage of his "iconic" image in flyers and displays on ships stopped in Puerto Rico and distributed elsewhere.

Carnival Corp. spokesman Tim Gallagher said he had not seen the suit and the Miami-based company could not comment.

The suit, which was filed Monday and seeks $40 million in damages, says the anchorman has suffered "serious mental anguish" since becoming aware of the use of the images in October.

"Plaintiff Pedro Rosa Nales is constantly suffering," according to the suit filed in federal court in San Juan. "He has lost his pride as he feels his right to his own image has been abused. He feels depressed, used and abused by co-defendants."

The anchorman declined by phone to discuss the case and referred questions to his lawyer, who did not respond to requests for comment.