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Hip-Hop News: Lil Jon Files $30 Million Suit Against Larry Flynt
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9/30/2005 4:01:28 PM

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Once a hip-hop/rap nightclub DJ, Lil Jon is putting Larry Flint in the hot seat with the latest lawsuit seeking $30 million for allegedly using his name without his permission in the adult film "Phat Tuesday".

Stated in the rapper's lawsuit, Larry Flint Productions, which is best known for the magazine Hustler acquired video from a subcontractor called Category 5 of the rap artist onstage as well as behind the scenes in a 2004 concert in New Orleans. Before using the footage, Category 5 was supposed to clear the footage usage with TVT Records, which they failed to do according to the lawsuit. $75,000 is asked for that breach alone.

The Hustler film "Phat Tuesday" is about five women who go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and attend a Lil Jon concert, only to lead to having sex with men and each other. the DVD cover for this film uses Littlejohn's likeness in a composite photograph featuring two of the actresses listed in the film.  The words, "Featuring Lil Jon, King of Crunk" are also plastered on the DVD cover, which Lil Jon states he was unaware of the usage until the release in February.

According to the lawsuit breach of contract, false advertising, infringement of right to publicly an appropriation of name and likeness are a few of the claims made in the lawsuit. He also goes on to say he's been deprived of royalties, revenue and reputation. if his name had been licensed properly, he estimates he would've earned $500,000 based on previous authorized videos.

According to a statement from Lil Jon, his name and likeness are "valuable commodities, with significant secondary meaning and goodwill attached to them." That goodwill has been "tarnished significantly by being linked improperly to Hustler and Larry Flynt," and the suit estimates that the lost goodwill "is not less than $30 million."

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