Melissa J. Berry, 24-year-old model and lingerie football league player, is suing her ex-boyfriend Mark Dawson, 45- a safe dating expert, for posting and showing off nude and intimate photos of her saying he tried to extort, humiliate and hurt her by showing the photographs to her mother and friends and posting them on MySpace.com without her permission.
She said he should know better because he markets himself as an expert on “healthy relationships” who has studied “success, performance and human behavior for over 25 years.”
Dawson said Berry, who used to be a dancer at Thee Dollhouse, willingly posed for the photos and that he “never made anything public.
“This is nothing but an ex-girlfriend trying to cause problems,” he said. “For her to say that these pictures were taken against her knowledge is untrue because she is smiling in them. She takes her clothes off for a living and tells people I am doing all this other stuff. What she’s doing now is creating a drama because there are pictures out there of her.”
But Berry sees it differently saying:
“If I wanted to take my clothes off for a living, that’s what I would do,” she said. “There’s not a photographer that has ever taken those sorts of shots of me. It’s more of a privacy thing. It’s not for everyone else to see.”
Berry, a rookie linebacker with the Tampa Breeze franchise of the Lingerie Football League, said she and Dawson, 45, started dating this fall.
In her lawsuit she said that Dawson used his cellular telephone to take several nude photographs of her, including one taken without her knowledge of her “engaged in a particularly private, intimate sexual act.” And adds that she never agreed the photos would be shown to anyone else.
Shortly after the photos were taken, the lawsuit contends, the couple broke up.
Berry is seeking unspecified damages in excess of $15,000.
“I am scared of what he will do to my career,” she said.