Lawyer Accused of Photoshopping Herself Into Photos With Celebrities
Svitlana Sangary is in danger of having her California State Bar license suspended following accusations that she posted a series of fake photos of herself posing with celebrities and public officials—including Barack Obama, Kim Kardashian, the Clintons, George Clooney, and Donald Trump—to her professional website. The photos were apparently Photoshopped, and they're pretty good!
State Bar Court Judge Donald Miles, in issuing his recommendation that Sangary have her license suspended for six months, said that the Los Angeles attorney used the 50-odd photos "to confuse, deceive and mislead the public."
Sangary had apparently been told two years earlier that the photos on her site amounted to "deceptive advertising." She responded to the bar's accusations, The Recorder reports, with 148 pages of exhibits and includes what Miles describes as "a 16-page soliloquy with little or no rational connection to the charges at hand" that includes this bizarre passage about Natalie Portman:
Also with regard to false statements and misleading advertisement, none other than Natalie Portman comes to mind. The online media extensively covers the controversy surrounding Natalie Portman's performance in the film Black Swan. The ballet dancer who performed in the Black Swan, Sarah Lane, has come forward to revel [sic] a "cover up" and says that Natalie Portman's head was superimposed onto Sarah Lane's body, and that Natalie Portman lied…Despite the foregoing, Natalie Portman has won an Oscar for her performance in Black Swan.
Sangary also includes an email purporting to be from President Obama asking for a campaign donation (though, as the Washington Post points out, the email uses language seen previously in a Democratic National Committee newsletter). She references this email in the conclusion to her response:
SANGARY's American dream has come true, as she has been able to achieve a point wherein now, in her thirties, SANGARY is a prominent donor and philanthropist, supporting important social causes, who had recently received the email from President Obama, with the subject line 'I need your help today', asking SVITLANA SANGARY for an additional donation….God Bless America!
The judge's recommendation to suspend Sangary is awaiting approval from the California Supreme Court.