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Kendall, Kylie Jenner Sued Over Tupac Shakur Shirts

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Kendall Kylie Jenner Sued

By Shari Weiss |

Kendall Kylie Jenner Sued

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Kendall and Kylie Jenner are being sued over their controversial Tupac Shakur shirts. Although the clothing is no longer for sale, photographer Michael Miller has filed a lawsuit against the sisters.

As Gossip Cop reported, the Jenners came under fire last week when they started selling t-shirts using old photos of iconic music acts. The tops featured photos of Shakur, Notorious B.I.G., Jim Morrison, and others artists, with the siblings’ faces or logos superimposed. They immediately faced a backlash for appropriating imagery of entertainment legends for their own financial gain, and Biggie Smalls’ mom, Voletta Wallace, slammed Kendall and Kylie on Instagram.

After she revealed they did not have legal permission to use the Notorious B.I.G.’s likeness, the reality stars pulled the merchandise. They said in a statement, “These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologize to anyone that has been upset and/or offended, especially to the families of the artists. We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect the cultural icons in any way.” They further noted, “The tee shirts have been pulled from retail and all images have been removed. We will use this opportunity to learn from these mistakes and again, we are so very sorry.”

But Miller, who took the pictures of Shakur that were used by the Jenners, has filed legal documents asserting they did not have the rights to use the photos on shirts or on their website, where the clothing was for sale. According to TMZ, the lawsuit states Miller has no interest in being associated with the famous sisters, and now feels his own brand is harmed by the connection. He is seeking to recoup any profits that were made from the Shakur shirts.

It’s possible Kendall and Kylie could face additional lawsuits from others, including Morrison’s estate and The Doors. A rep for Kendall had no comment when contacted by Gossip Cop.

UPDATE: A statement released on behalf of the Jenners says, “The allegations made are completely false and the lawsuit is baseless. Canada Inc., the licensee manufacturer of the K + K brand, purchased a very small quantity of vintage t-shirts with performer images already on them. Only two Tupac t shirts were sold before being pulled from distribution. Canada Inc. did not copy anyone’s image, remove any copyright notice from any image, or attempt to exploit Mr. Miller’s claimed right of publicity. There has been no infringement or violation of anyone’s rights.”

 


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