Boxer-turned-actor Mike Tyson is launching a lawsuit against bosses at the Boxing Hall of Fame.
The former heavyweight champion is suing executives at the organisation over T-shirts bearing his image and nickname, Iron Mike.
“(The Boxing Hall of Fame in Nevada) has violated Mr. Tyson’s right of publicity and right to use and exploit the Mike Tyson and Iron Mike trademarks by using and exploiting Mr. Tyson’s name, likeness, and marks on apparel and other items it may offer for sale,” the lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday (08Aug17) reads.
The Hangover star goes on to claim bosses have “also entered into agreements with other online vendors… to sell products that are purportedly ‘officially licensed’ and that bear Mr. Tyson’s name, likeness, and marks,” and they are seeking to sell other products, including energy bars and drinks without his permission.
“Mr. Tyson has not authorized this use or exploitation of his name, likeness, or marks,” the suit continues.
Tyson is seeking unspecified damages.
“Mr. Tyson has suffered damages as a direct and proximate result of Defendants’ unauthorized use and exploitation of his name, likeness, and marks,” the complaint concludes.
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