Barker sues Rockstar over photo usage


Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has sued the Rockstar energy drink company, accusing it of wrongfully using his picture.

The Superior Court lawsuit said the Rockstar Web site published a photo of Barker, who now drums in +44, "holding a can of one of Rockstar's beverages, and identifying him and his endorsement by name" without his consent.

The lawsuit claims invasion of privacy, unfair competition and misappropriating his likeness to promote the product. Barker is "a prominent figure in the rock music world," according to the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified punitive and statutory damages.

Calls to the Rockstar Beverage Corp. were not immediately returned. On its Web site, the company says it sells energy drinks for people "from athletes to rock stars."