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Jenn Sterger (credit: personal photo)
Tampa, Florida -- Gaither High School graduate, Jenn Sterger is suing her manager over the emails, texts, and voice messages from Brett Favre that she gave him in confidence when seeking advice on how to handle the lewd pictures scandal that broke out last year.
The alleged incident occured in 2008, but the pictures weren't leaked to Deadspin.com until August of 2010, two years later by an unknown source.
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The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, seeks to invalidate an agreement Sterger signed with her former manager, Phillip Reese that talks of future economic opportunities, including a book on her experience with Brett Favre and the NFL. The agreement created a corporation known as the "Game of Inches, LLC."
The suit claims Reese advised her to sign the agreement, which her attorneys say is not a valid contract.
The suit is also demanding Reese return the messages, known in the suit as the "Sterger Materials" and to stop acting as her management.
"She never gave them as a gift for them to keep and use as they saw fit. These are her materials, they were private materials. Again, they weren't materials she leaked to the media," one of her attorneys, Kenneth Turkel, told 10 News.
Turkel and Sterger's other other attorney, Jeff Brown say the young woman still does not know who leaked the pictures and messages.
The NFL investigated the alleged Favre pictures he sent to Sterger in 2008 when she was working as a sideline reporter for the New York Jets.
Favre was eventually fined $50,000, but it wasn't for the text and phone messages; instead it was for his failure to cooperate with the investigation.
Her attorneys tell 10 News Sterger never asked for the advances and never acted on them either.
"The problem is, she can't move on in her career with all of these people thinking all of these things and so part of her reason for coming out now is to say, 'Look, none of that is true and I didn't invite any of this. If I did, in 2008 I would have broke and sold the story to TMZ.' But she didn't and she handled it by herself in a professional way until it broke two years later," explained Jeff Brown.
"The last thing she wants to be known as, is the 'Brett Favre girl,'" he added.
There is fear Reese may use the "Sterger materials" to write a book about the scandal, which is the last thing Sterger wants to happen.
"We want her materials back. They belong to her and we've got someone out there who has basically, in response to her demands that he stop acting on her behalf, has basically responded by saying he intends to keep acting on her behalf, including using those materials, perhaps among other things, to write a book on his own," said Turkel.
Reese has not responded to an email we sent to his PR firm, Player Relations/Public Relations.
While Sterger lives in New York City, the lawsuit was filed in Hillsborough County because the cause of action occurred in Hillsborough County.
The actress, model and host's career was launched when national cameras spotted her in the crowd at a Florida State University football game. She was dressed as one of the well-known "FSU cowgirls."