BY Nancy Dillon
A pretty blond Ohio woman used as a decoy for Jamie Lynn Spears in a ham-handed switcheroo to fool paparazzi wants Los Angeles airport police to pay for duping her, too.
Adessa Eskridge, 27, has filed a claim seeking more than $100,000 from the city over the bungled hoax at LAX in September, her Houston-based lawyer Chuck Vernon said.
said a group of six to eight uniformed cops plucked Eskridge from Jamie
Lynn's flight, told her to keep her sunglasses on and marched her to a
paparazzi scrum as if she were Britney Spears' kid sister.
didn't ask her, they told her. They said, 'You're going to help us,'
and she was stunned, just obeying the police. The only time they
mentioned Jamie Lynn's name was on the escalator, three seconds before
paparazzi surrounded her," Vernon said.
Eskridge, who works in
the medical field, flew to Los Angeles for a college football game and
felt "publicly humiliated" when video of her supposedly acting as the
famous teen mom saturated gossip Web sites, he said.
If the city rejects Eskridge's claim, Vernon said she'll sue.
police to protect a celebrity and treat an innocent, normal person the
way they did, there should be compensation," he said.
The Los Angeles city attorney's office did not return a call seeking comment.