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.