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Josh Duggar, the former star of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, is now facing a lawsuit over the picture he used on Ashley Madison and social media sites like Twitter.
Allegations of molestation and use of dating sites led to the cancelation of Duggar’s reality series, and now a professional DJ named Matt McCarthy has filed a complaint in L.A. Superior Court that alleges his own image was used by Duggar on websites.
McCarthy is suing for violation of his publicity and privacy rights, stating in his complaint that he learned of what Duggar had allegedly done through a high school teacher after Ashley Madison got hacked in Aug. 2015. Soon, McCarthy was also hearing from family members, business partners, friends and strangers. McCarthy says he began receiving harassing messages and that Duggar’s use of his photo cost him work.
“On or about August 2015 one of Plaintiff’s promoters for a high-volume venue at which Plaintiff had performed as a DJ for several months contacted him and stated that he would not be hired again and that they would be severing their professional relationship with Plaintiff.
McCarthy also says that he’s now being referred to as “DJ Duggar” at music venues.
In other entertainment law news:
—Superman producer Jon Peters has come to a settlement with his ex-wife, who sued him in April with allegations of having been gifted a 10 percent share of his stake in the franchise and then cut out. The two broke up in 2009, but Peters allegedly shared in the spoils of 2013’s Man of Steel, which grossed $668 million at the global box office. Court papers revealed the settlement, though not the terms.
— Second in Command Productions, a HBO production company for the series Veep, has been hit with a lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court claiming unpaid wages. The plaintiff, D. Wilson, alleges he was employed as an off-duty/retired LAPD Officer last December and worked 16.5 hours. He’s claiming there were others who were not paid in a timely fashion and is looking to stretch his legal action to cover them.
—ReDigi, which got caught up in a legal fight with the recording industry after trying to sell “used” digital music, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The move comes after the company stipulated to $3.5 million in damages from copyright infringement. While the company wants an appeals court to take another look at its business model under the “first sale” doctrine, Capitol Records has been pursuing collection efforts. The bankruptcy may buy some time.
—Red Granite Pictures is preparing for war with the U.S. government, which is attempting to seize rights and incoming royalties on the Oscar-nominated film, The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese. The film company has tapped Boies Schiller partner Matthew Schwartz, who formerly worked in the Justice Department and prosecuted Bernie Madoff.
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