30-year-old Nathalie De Clercq is suing People magazine over misidentifying her as Google co founder’s mistress, NY Daily News reported on May 13. De Clercq was photographed in Central Park in NYC wearing Google Glass and was mistaken for Amanda Rosenberg, girlfriend of Sergey Brin.
Both De Clercq and Rosenberg share stricking resemblance of each other. However, the popular magazine clearly did not fully research the photo before publishing a story referring to De Clercq as the billionaire’s girlfriend.
De Clercq filed a lawsuit with the Manhattan Supreme Court in which she is accusing the Pop news magazine of using a picture of her during a bike ride in Central Park. The photo was used for the purpose of outing Brin’s relationship with is Google employed mistress in an article titled "Google Love Triangle: Billion-Dollar Breakup?".
"Both Rosenberg and De Clercq are Eurasian and have long dark hair. Rather than find a photograph of Rosenberg, defendants used a photograph of Ms. De Clercq," the $4 million lawsuit claims.
De Clercq claims she does not know Brin and has no connection to him whatsoever. De Clercq claims she was notified of the photo by friends and feels she is a “laughingstock” as a result of the photo and article.
De Clercq is tech savvy and has been trying to start her own business but her reception by others has made it extremely difficult. De Clercq expressed that she, "has been handicapped by being the object of ridicule and derision," according to the documents filed.
Google Glass is a wearable computer with optical head-mounted display (OHMD). Google glass is operated through voice command. In 2012 Time Magazine named Google Glass one of the “best inventions of the year 2012”.
Research is also in the works to make Google Glass available to people with Parkinson’s disease. The hands-free function of the device will make it easier for people with Parkinson’s to function independently.