People settles dispute over Peterson picture

July 22, 2003 

A Fresno woman dropped a lawsuit against People magazine over her contention that it published a photo of Scott Peterson and Amber Frey with a picture of her on a wall in the background.

Sherina Vincent sold the photo and three others to People and charged breach of contract because her image was not removed before publication.

Robert C. Vanderet, a Los Angeles lawyer representing People and its parent company Time Inc., confirmed that the case had been settled, but would not provide details.

"I can't tell you anything, but it is resolved," Vanderet said Monday.

An agreement to dismiss the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Fresno earlier this month.

Vincent and her Fresno lawyer, Michelle Engnath, did not return telephone calls seeking comment on the agreement.

At the time the lawsuit was filed, Engnath said Vincent was "very distraught" that her picture had appeared in a national magazine with Scott Peterson.

The complaint also alleged that the magazine paid Vincent only $5,000 of an agreed-to price of $15,000. Editors indicated they would not pay the rest. Engnath said earlier that was because one of the four photos appeared on Fox News and in the New York Post before People was published.

Vincent also reportedly sold photos to the National Enquirer.

Amber Frey has said that she was livid at her former friend.

"That's appalling that she's doing this," Frey said after the lawsuit was filed. "She doesn't want her picture in the magazine, but it's OK that she sells the photos and profits off me, Laci Peterson and her baby?"

Scott Peterson is accused in the slayings of his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son. Laci Peterson was eight months pregnant when her family reported her missing Christmas Eve.

Scott Peterson also dated Frey, a Fresno massage therapist who has said she did not know he was married.

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