In this case, the influence that comes with being a social media influencer can be detrimental to a person’s social life.
According to the New York Post, Eva Lopez is suing the NYPD “for defamation, libel, slander, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence” after the police used her photo on a wanted poster for a robbery. After a friend contacted Lopez about the situation at hand, she soon learned that she was a wanted woman, which she notes left her in disbelief.
“I thought it was something fake,” said the Instagram influencer, who also happens to be a native of Queens. “I really couldn’t believe the police would put me on a wanted poster.”
Per the poster, Lopez was wanted for a theft that took place on Aug. 3 in an East Village apartment. The crime included the theft of a man’s $13,000 Rolex during services from an escort. His roommate’s credit card was also reported stolen.
“Wanted for Grand Larceny. Perpetrator – probable cause to arrest,” read the poster equipped with an image of Lopez, who recalls how she brushed off the initial news until her boss convinced her that it could potentially be very serious.
Court documents reveal that after reaching out to the East Village 9th Precinct, Lopez discovered that the detective listed on the flyer “knew it was an issue before she called.”
Despite the fact that she was assured that the poster had been removed from the department’s Facebook Page, Lopez said that the damage had already been done.
“It was already spread around on social media,” the 31-year-old recounted. “It was still being talked about making me look like a thief and a prostitute. On Facebook, the [wanted poster] got shared over thousands of times — 10,000, 20,000 times. Then on Instagram a lot of blog sites that have millions of followers, they posted it as well.”
A Costly Mistake
Currently, Lopez seeks $30 million in her lawsuit against the NYPD but is more concerned with clearing up the damage that has already been done to her reputation because of the mistake.
She claims that the whole incident has caused her “emotional distress,” and wants to know that she is not connected to the alleged crime in any form or fashion.
“I just really want people to know that’s not me, in any way, shape, or form,” she expressed. “The girl has nothing to do with me.”