Celebrities often get sued for weird reasons by people hoping to get a quick pay out, but sometimes they’re the ones who go to trial for bizarre reasons, usually because they feel their brand has been affected.
Check out some of the weirdest celebrity lawsuits, filed by or against Hollywood stars, and find out if they were settled or actually ended up in court. From Mariah Carey going after a porn star with a similar name to Prince trying to sue his fans, here are some of the weirdest celebrity cases.
Mila Kunis and the Chicken Theft Allegation
Ukrainian born Mila Kunis was recently sued by singer Kristina Karo, who claimed the two were childhood friends and the actress stole her pet chicken, Doggie.
Asking for $5000 in damages for emotional trauma, Karo was ridiculed by the actress and her husband Ashton Kutcher, who claimed that the alleged chicken theft was just a publicity stunt for the singer.
Mariah Carey and the Porn Star
When adult film star Mary Carey decided to trademark her name, the third-best-selling female artist in the United States filed one of the weirdest celebrity lawsuits. Mariah tried to block the trademark bid, claiming that people would confuse one for the other... and her company’s legal action was actually successful.
Michael Jordan and the Doppelganger
Basketball legend Michael Jordan was also involved in one of the weirdest celebrity lawsuits. Allen Heckard sued him in 2006, claiming that strangers mistake him for the superstar, and that has caused emotional pain and suffering. Heckard also named Nike in the suit, claiming that they’re partially responsible for Jordan’s fame and asked for a whopping $832 million in damages. The suit was quickly thrown out.
Jay Z and the Hand Sign
Former professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page trademarked the “Diamond Cutter” hand gesture in the ‘90s, and has been fiercely protected it since. In one of the weirdest celebrity lawsuits, he sued Jay Z for using the same hand gesture. The suit didn’t end up in court because Jay Z actually settled for an undisclosed amount of money.
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Prince and His Fans
The musician has been trying to control his brand for a long time by going to court. In 2007, he threatened to sue fan sites for posting pictures of him, but he only actually went through with it in 2014, where he sued fans who had recorded bootlegs of his concerts and posted them online.
Lindsay Lohan and the Babies
In one of the weirdest celebrity lawsuits, Lohan sued E-Trade for a Super Bowl commercial, in which a baby refers to another baby as “milk-a-holic Lindsay”. The actress asked for $100 million in damages, claiming the commercial was ridiculing her alcohol and drugs issues. The lawsuit was eventually settled for an undisclosed amount.
Ron Livingston and the Wikipedia Problem
Known for his roles in “Office Space” and “Boardwalk Empire”, Ron Livingston doesn’t take kindly to those who are editing his Wikipedia page with false info. After an anonymous user kept editing his entry on the website claiming that Livingstone is gay, the actor decided to sue for “invasion of privacy, libel and misappropriation of name and likeness”. In the end, he managed to protect his article from further vandalism, and currently there’s no mention of the lawsuit on his Wiki page.
Simon Cowell and the Missing Sneakers
In one of the weirdest celebrity lawsuits, Simon Cowell was sued by a personal chef who claimed she was asked to remove her shoes when she visited him home for a job interview, then was given a different pair of shoes when she left. Since they contained expensive orthopedic insoles, the chef sued and managed to get her sneakers back.
50 Cent and the Taco Bell Burritos
When Taco Bell made a tongue-in-cheek ad, in which it asked the rapper to change his name to promote their 79 Cent, 89 Cent or 99 Cent products, 50 Cent was not amused. He sued for $4 million dollars, claiming that the fast-food chain was using his name to for promotion without paying him a single cent, and the suit was eventually settled.