Thursday, August 09, 2001

Henry objects to photos

Casino brochure shows his wife

By Charles Wolfe, The Associated Press
and Patrick Crowley, The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FRANKFORT — A picture sometimes requires a thousand words.

        In this case, it's two pictures — both of former Miss America Heather French Henry in a brochure for a casino in Indiana.

        On Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Steve Henry asked that Argosy Casino and Hotel withdraw the photos, taken years ago when his wife was a professional model working her way through college.

        “It just seems odd timing and inappropriate that they would use them now that she's second lady of Kentucky,” Steve Henry said.

        An official at Argosy headquarters in Alton, Ill., said the brochure for the casino and hotel at Lawrenceburg would not be withdrawn, but would not be reprinted. Once the supply is gone, photos will be reshot, said Dan Marshall, vice president and director of investor relations.

        “We understand her personal life has changed, and we'll make changes to accommodate her,” Mr. Marshall said.

        An official at the Indiana casino said the brochures have been around since 1999.

        The Henrys apparently have little or no recourse if Argosy ignored their request.

[photo] Heather French Henry poses in one of two photos from an Argosy Casino brochure.
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        “Once you're a model, they own those pictures, and they can use them when she's 105 years old, and there's not too much anyone can do about it,” Mr. Henry said.

        “They could put her picture on a can of dog food.”

        The brochure shows Heather Henry smiling and embracing an unidentified male model. Another photo depicts her by a slot machine. She is not identified but is recognizable.

        The photos are “not distasteful,” but his wife is not a spokeswoman for a casino, Mr. Henry said. “We do not support widespread gambling in the state of Kentucky.”

        Mr. Henry was in Melbourne on Wednesday afternoon working the crowd at the annual Campbell County Senior Citizens Picnic at Pendery Park.

        He said he understands there is no real legal recourse concerning the brochure because his wife posed for the photos while working as a model before she became Miss America in 2000.

        Mr. Henry — a second-term lieutenant governor who plans to seek the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2003 — said neither he nor his wife wants to promote the casino industry at a time when Kentucky thoroughbred racetracks are reporting falling attendance because of riverboat gambling in Indiana.

        “We're for the horse racing industry,” Mr. Henry said. “If Heather is out as a spokesperson for anybody, it's the thoroughbred race industry of Kentucky.We're not advocating for any casinos in Indiana, we're not advocating for tourism in Indiana.

        “We're Kentucky folks. That's why I ask them to cease use of the picture,” he said.

        Mrs. Henry was not with her husband at Wednesday's picnic.

        Mr. Henry said other images of his wife can sometimes be seen — in television commercials for a pool and spa company, for example. But the only organizations for which she is a spokeswoman are the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, American Legion and Paralyzed Veterans of America, he said.

        “Any picture that's used for any other purpose is solely because they own the pictures,” he said.


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