Famous name drops in rap songs are far from uncommon, but Sharon Stone is suing Chanel West Coast for using her moniker dozens of times in a song called “Sharon Stoned.”
The actress says the aspiring rapper is trying to capitalize on her “extraordinary level of popularity and fame.” In addition to listing her credits from Basic Instinct to The Disaster Artist and award nominations and wins, Stone’s complaint also references honors she has received for her philanthropic work. Because of the reputation she has built, Stone says she “maintains strict control” over how her name and likeness are used.
Enter Chelsea Dudley, known as Chanel West Coast. The 31-year-old rapper released her first mixtape in 2013 and dropped “Sharon Stoned” in 2018. The first 30 seconds contain no words other than “Sharon” or “Stone(d),” and “Sharon Sharon Sharon Stone(d)” is repeated on loop several times throughout the remainder of the track.
Stone says the “mantra-like repetition” of her name is an example of Dudley’s “penchant for glomming onto celebrity icons.”
“During the Song, Defendant Dudley gratuitously repeats the name ‘Sharon Stone’ thirty-three times and the name ‘Sharon’ ninety-nine times,” states the complaint, which is posted below. The actress also takes issue with the video for the song, which she alleges is designed to evoke her persona, and says Dudley admitted she wanted to “redo some classic, iconic Sharon Stone movie scenes.”
Stone is suing for unfair competition and violations of her right of publicity and is seeking an injunction barring Dudley from using her name or image and both punitive damages and disgorgement of any profits Dudley has earned as a result of the song and video.