Elite Models Reclaims Its Rep

Despite the frequency with which willowy, young models end up shacking up with fat, old billionaires, Elite Model Management would like to make it very clear that it is not an escort agency. You cannot just pay some enormous fee, pick a stick-thin girl from a lineup, and then take her into a room for some "companionship." This explains why the modeling agency was none too pleased when it found out that a Manhattan escort agency was using the Elite name (and the domain elitemodels.cc) to market $7,500 prostitutes.

Elite Models (the modeling agency) eventually filed suit against Elite Models (the escort service) for trademark infringement and cybersquatting, and yesterday the more respectable Elite prevailed in Federal District Court. It's unclear if the agency's X-rated imitator has been shut down or not since the people behind the prostitution racket were never identified. (If you do find it's still in business, you may want to pass the number to Ashley Dupre: Chances are she'll be looking for work in the near future and $7,500 represents a pretty substantial pay increase.) Elite's lawyer, Abraham Skoff, says he has no plans to seek monetary damages, quite likely because he doesn't know who to seek damages from. He is, though, on the hunt for new offenders. And it looks like he's got his work cut out for him!

Elite beats Elite in escort service fight [NYDN]