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Model Allegedly Beaten With Club After Putting Golf Tee In Butt During Nightmare Playboy Shoot

Model Liz Dickson sues Playboy after alleged beating by golf club

What a great month for Playboy! First, it put beloved childhood figure Hello Kitty into sexy lingerie so 8-year-olds can finally have that pinup role model they’ve always needed. Now, it’s facing a lawsuit from a woman who simply can’t take a fun little joke involving a golf tee, a golf club, and her body. And by “joke,” I mean “alleged severe beating while lying on the floor during a supposed photo shoot.” And by “can’t take it” I mean “she filed a lawsuit with the Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday.”

According to The Wrap, model and former “Girl of Playboy Golf” Elizabeth Dickson was invited to the Playboy Golf Finals at the Ike Golf Course back in 2012. In her lawsuit, Dickson says she was asked to pose with a party identified as comedian and radio host Kevin Klein. She was asked to get on the floor and place a golf tee between her buttocks, says the lawsuit.

“Plaintiff was requested to lie down and pose for a photograph with defendant Kevin Klein. The photograph was supposed to depict the plaintiff lying flat on her stomach with her buttocks partially exposed. A golf tee was then placed between the cheeks of her buttocks and a golf ball was balanced on top of the tee.”

Now, I don’t know about you guys, but this already sounds dehumanizing enough. While the model did do this aspect of the shoot willingly, it is important to remember that Dickson is not a famous model, whereas Playboy is one of the largest magazines in circulation and Playboy Enterprises is an enormous company. (We’ve been talking a lot about the dynamic between models and powerful photographers, so this goes right along with all the Terry Richardson accusations.)

However, the premise of the shoot wasn’t the worst part. Klein was apparently supposed to simply pose with a golf club above Dickson and pretend he was about to swing, instead, he allegedly “swung the golf club and struck plaintiff on the buttocks causing her injuries and damages.” I’ve never been hit by a golf club, but considering they’re made out of metal and recalling that King of the Ants scene, I am quite certain that being whacked with one while virtually naked would be unbelievably painful.

Of course, there will always be some who blame all models for any form of abuse, as though these women that are simultaneously lauded as being “perfect” and criticized as being dumb sluts are somehow signing up for violence simply by having a career. To anybody saying Dickson “asked for it” by participating in a risque shoot: this would be the equivalent of being a writer, then having your boss’s friend break all your fingers because you weren’t wearing gloves to properly protect them.

Dickson is seeking $500,000 in damages due to Playboy and Klein’s alleged negligence and battery, which she says resulted in bodily injury, loss of earnings, expensive medical care, anxiety and more horrible effects. Considering how difficult it is to go up against a major company like Playboy, I think this is a pretty bold move, so we wish you the best, Liz Dickson.

Photo: Facebook via EveryJoe, Playboy’s Facebook.

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  • Ali Reed

    While I don’t think she “asked for it” – you have to realize that selling yourself as a sexual object does open up greater possibilities of abuse than say, “being a writer”. I know my post will, doubtlessly, raise the hackles of many and have the masses crying Victim Blaming at me. To throw a bit more gas on the fire I would not liken her experience to that of a writer having their fingers broken but closer to “well, you covered yourself in bacon and willingly walked into the dog kennel. The dogs reacted.” Yes, I said it. Men=dogs. all men – no. some men – yes.
    I also ask, was she repeatedly hit with this club or did this person accidently whack her in the butt one time while trying to hit a golf ball off the tee she willing stuck between her cheeks. I’m sure it hurt. That sucks and I’m sorry she experienced pain. But sometimes when you make bad decisions there are bad consequences tied in.

    • Samantha Escobar

      I think comparing men to dogs negates the fact that men have control over their actions and deliberately choose to harm other human beings for pleasure, entertainment or some other disgusting drive. It also reduces this woman to food, insinuating that men need to harm them out of some instinctual need for sustenance.

    • Ali Reed

      (I believe dogs have a measure of control over their actions, too.) I agree that a certain population of people, indeed, enjoy harming/humiliating others. This is the popluation she willing and knowingly subjected herself to in a “sexual” situation…as for my bacon analogy I think you are taking it too literally.

    • Rachel

      The issue, to me, is that Playboy should have willingly paid for damages since in her contract, the guy wasn’t actually supposed to swing the golf club. The fact that she even has to sue is ridiculous. Damages were done and she needs to be compensated for.

    • Karolina

      So basically women have no control of their actions…

      She is to blame for being an idiot, no one else.

    • Samantha Escobar

      …No.

      Women have control over their actions. She chose to go to a photoshoot. She chose to lie on the ground. Men also have control over their actions. He chose to swing. Genuinely uncomplicated.

    • Karolina

      Chose to swing. There is nothing wrong with that because consent was given.

      Women are not children.

    • Samantha Escobar

      He chose to swing and hit her, yes. She didn’t give consent for him to swing.

    • Misenhammer

      But the point is that she shouldn’t have to fear bodily harm just because she’s posing sexually; there is no inherent threat in posing sexually, and if you feel there is, then you have already allowed terrible people to convince you that its acceptable to some extent. She is a professional hired by what is supposed to be a professional company; they acted, at the very least, unprofessionally (/monstrous). I have plenty of model friends who have done similar shoots and they were neither harassed nor hurt. The fact that some assholes think models being both pretty and naked in their presence during a shoot gives them any sort of license is exactly why models like this need to speak up and hold these people accountable. Men “not being able to help themselves when the hot greased up tomato walks by” is not a real thing. “Terrible men actively choosing to use what power they have to fuck over less powerful women” is, though.

  • Elliot

    I think she is right to seek legal action IF she did not agree that the man involved in the shoot would actually be swinging the golf club at her, in which case he might have missed and swung at her.
    But i don’t think this was the case here, as i agree the theme objectified the model at first as Playboy often (always ?) seems to do. It’s sad that we aren’t able to elevate respectful people as the celebrities and politicians the population enjoy nowadays…

  • Alfreda Wells Morrissey

    First, I think the title is misleading. It game me the image of somebody beating a model repeatedly with a golf club, because they, for some strange reason, shoved a golf tee up their anus. The article says it was a misunderstanding and the guy didn’t know he was suppose to actually swing, and missed.

    I am sad both that a man would enjoy seeing a women treated in this manner and that a woman would agree to be treated in this manner.

    I myself have never wanted to be a model, or famous for that matter. Is sounds exhausting to have people follow you everywhere, never being able to have a normal life. On the other hand, I remember growing up and all the girls wishing they could be models. After reading these articles, I wonder what the appeal is? Unfortunately women are so desperate to take on this profession that they would exploit themselves with horrific conditions and keep coming back for more.

    This whole system needs to be changed so that the models are respected and have healthy work conditions. Unfortunately I think this is not going to happen until people start refusing to work in these conditions. Unfortunately since it is such a desired occupation, that doesn’t seem to be happening any time soon.

    Perhaps we should start with education young girls on how horrible this industry is, so maybe they won’t be flocking to do things they don’t want to do in order to get discovered. At least then if they choose the profession, they will prepared when a photo shoot starts to get weird. They will know what is not permitted and when they have a right to say STOP.

    It seems like the girls are manipulated because they are scared to say no. If they say no, then nobody will want to work them and other more easily led girls will get all the jobs. There are 50 models lined up at the door willing to do what the photographer is asking. All the models need to say NO. It doesn’t work for just one to do it.

    I also think Terry Richardson needs to come with a warning label or consent form stating, “If you work with me, you agree to be raped or molested”. The problem is, I think even if he did, there would still be girls willing to work with him so they can get discovered.

  • Crayzcheshire

    Ouch! Depending on the type of club and the force of the swing and angle blah blah, this could absolutely break bones and cause permanent damage to nerves and possible spinal alignment etc. She did NOTHING wrong by being a sexy plaything- if that’s what she enjoyed doing. But no one deserves a mistake like that. Also it didn’t say it, but can we all just assume that much alcohol and possibly other things were involved? bummer all around. I hope her body has recovered and is well.

  • Cyn

    What happened to her is an awful mistake as a result of the participant not following the rules for whatever reason and she deserves to be compensated, sounds terribly painful. Aside from that, I really wish this whole headline manipulation for clicks thing would stop & soon. Like the other comment, I too had a sick to my stomach feeling thinking some model had been brutally and repeatedly beaten with a golf club, clearly not the case. Desperate writing is not appealing. Please take a different approach and lure with the facts and only the facts going forward.