Celebrity lawsuits can come in various forms. They can be annoying, funny, expensive, and outrightly dumb. In whatever form they come, one thing they don’t come with is mercy.
Here are some of the most outrageous celebrity lawsuits ever:
Jonathan Lee Riches vs. Cast of Dancing with the Stars
In 2010, Riches who was a former federal prisoner dragged the cast of Dancing with the Stars to court. His problem was that they were promoting adultery which was against the Muslim faith, and the cast was enjoying themselves while there was global hunger.
Riches who at the time was not a guest to suing for frivolous reasons as he has had over five thousand cases in court, sought the court to provide a restraining order. He mentioned Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Underwear Bomber, as a co-plaintiff in the case.
Verdict: It was thrown through the windows as a result of Riches’ litigation history.
Prince vs. Fans and Facebook Users
In retaliation to fans who copied links to his live concert and shared online, the pop legend demanded $22 million. The link was shared with some groups on Facebook as well as some sites that were seen as his fan sites. Prince sued them for bootlegging and sharing his copyrighted material.
Soon the links that served as sources of the problem were deleted.
Verdict: The case was dropped by the singer.
DeAngelo Bailey vs. Eminem
That big guy in school that bullied you because you were small? That was DeAngelo Bailey. According to Eminem in his lyric for “Brain Damage”, he was beaten by Baily who “banged my head against the urinal ’til he broke my nose/ Soaked my clothes in blood, grabbed me and choked my throat.”
Bailey who at the time the song was released was a trash collector decided the song was an attempt by Eminem to gain popularity in the hip-hop circle while defaming him. He wants a million dollars for damages.
Verdict: “Any reasonable person could clearly see that the lyrics could only be hyperbole.” Judge Deborah Servitto said while dismissing the suit.
Lucie J. Kim vs. Miley Cyrus
Probably apart from sticking out her tongue, Miley Cyrus would have had pulling back her eyes as another of her signature. Her wings were, however, clipped the first time she tried the eye-pulling stunt in 2009 when a lawsuit was brought against her by Lucie Kim.
Kim dragged the singer to court for mocking Asians with the act. What she wants was for every Asian Pacific Islander in Los Angeles to be paid $4,000 in damages. With the case, the then teen singer was facing $4 billion settlement if the case went in Kim’s favor.
Verdict: Case dismissed
Lindsay Lohan vs. E-Trade
Probably before now, the last time Lindsay, Milk, and Holic were placed this close was when Lindsay Lohan filed a $100 million lawsuit against E-Trade for a commercial she felt was mocking her. The commercial featured a baby, Lindsay, who was a “Milkaholic”.
The actress felt the commercial was mocking her drug and alcohol battles. Moreso, she believed the damages caused can only be healed completely when $100 million hits her account.
Verdict: The actress withdrew the case after a settlement was reached out of court.
Ron Livingston vs. “John Doe” (Wikipedia)
In 2009 someone took to editing Ron Livingston’s details on Wikipedia and continuously insisted that the actor was gay. Since he wasn’t and he didn’t want anyone to think otherwise, the actor took the matter to court for an assassination of character.
When it was clear that Wikipedia had so many users, hence one couldn’t point out who did it, the actor decided to continue the case with “John Doe”, who was in the real sense nobody, as the defendant.
Verdict: It was a dead end. Today, however, there is nothing “gay” on the actor’s Wikipedia page, not even in reference to this case.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West vs. YouTube Co. Founder
Once it is celebrity lawsuits, you are not done until you have a Kim K somewhere somehow. I dare to say if the entertainment had failed her, she would have gotten herself a job running up and down the staircases of courthouses.
In 2013, Kanye invited a handful of friends and family to a party where he proposed to his then-girlfriend, Kim Kardashian. Although the event was recorded, it was strictly meant for a particular website, and no one there was supposed to have the event recorded either as pictures or video.
An armature video of the event, however, appeared on YouTube, having the logo of MixBit which belonged to YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. The couple immediately sued for damages, breach of contract, fraud and unjust enrichment.
Verdict: The case was settled with $440,000 going to Kim and West.