Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy recently chalked up a win in a lawsuit against Sichuan Platinum Clinic. It’s one thing to use another’s photos for commercial purposes, but another thing to uglify said photos on purpose and make up stories to elevate your own product. On March 31st, the Beijing district court published the verdict on their website where they have ruled in favor of the couple.
The whole mess started when the Sichuan Platinum Clinic used pictures of Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy to promote their plastic surgery services back in October 2015 around the time of the couple’s wedding. In one particular advertisement, the clinic had a doctored picture of the two together with a caption saying that if Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy didn’t have their procedures done, their wedding photo would’ve looked like…. They also indicated that Huang Xiaoming has a face lift every six months. The court ruled that the photos used were maliciously doctored and tarnished the reputation of both Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy in order to garner views.
Sichuan Platinum Clinic was ordered to publicly apologize to both Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy in a newspaper for 7 days and to pay damages amounting 80,000 yuan and another 5,000 yuan for mental anguish. They were also ordered to take down any and all materials that have defamed Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy.