Rapper sued by topless sunbathers for featuring them in his R-rated video
A rapper is being sued by two topless sunbathers after he used footage of them frolicking on a beach for his R-rated video which was broadcast on the internet.
Samantha Stotts and Sharie Johnson were on a South Beach getaway sunbathing when Harlem rapper Jim Jones arrived to start filming the video for his single Summer Time.
The women, from Houston, Texas, said they knew they were being filmed but did not know it was going to go on the internet, which they claimed Jones did without their consent.
Rapper Jim Jones filmed some topless women in South Beach and used them in his video for Summer Time
In the footage they are shown playing in the sea with no tops on and posing seductively for the camera while the rapper sips champagne and counts $100 bills surrounded by scantily-clad women.
Miss Stotts said: 'It makes me look like a ho. It was supposed to be fun and natural. But then you have someone who turns it into a rap video, which is totally unacceptable.
'They made us look very risqué, which is not my personality.'
Miss Johnson said: 'I don't have a problem with rap-video girls. But I never wanted to do this.'
The video was viewed more than 30,000 times before YouTube took it off last night for violating the site's policy on nudity or sexual content.
Samantha Stotts and Sharie Johnson are now suing the rapper
As one unwitting video star said, 'It makes me look like a ho. It was supposed to be fun and natural. But then you have someone who turns it into a rap video, which is totally unacceptable'
The suit in Manhattan Supreme Court accuses Jones and Sony Music Entertainment of violating the civil rights of the topless women.
Their lawyer Taso Pardalis said: 'They're beautiful women and they knew they were being filmed. At a minimum, Jones should have asked permission before putting up a video on the Internet of someone half-naked.'
The video includes a number of risqué shots of men throwing money at pole dancers and strippers.
The men in the video also appear throwing around cash and swigging champagne
It also shows the rapper and his gang frolicking in the ocean - supposedly in South Florida - while a number of girls in bikinis dance around them.
The 23-year-old Texans said they learned a valuable lesson from their unwanted rap video debut.
'It just makes it not fun for people to go to Miami,' Johnson said. 'If I ever go to Miami again, I'm never, ever going to be topless again.'
Jim Jones was not available for comment.