Some celebrities are as famous for their court case as they are for their talents. Here are seven of the most famous court cases involving some icons of pop culture.
In 2006 the diva sued porn star Mary Carey for having a stage name too similar to her own, claiming Mary’s profession was hurting her own image. Mariah won her case.
Jay Z and R Kelly
When Jay Z threw R Kelly off of their Unfinished Business tour in 2004 R Kelly filed a $75million lawsuit for ‘sabotage’ and ‘assault’. The pair settled the suit out of court.
Chris Brown and Drake
After the two artists and their entourages got into a brawl in 2012, bystander Romain Julien filed a lawsuit against the singers for damages for the injuries he claimed to have sustained from the fight. The case is still pending.
In 2008 the rapper filed a $4million lawsuit against food chain Taco Bell for using his name to promote their new ’99 cent’ menu. The suit was settled out of court in 2009.
The reality TV star sued Old Navy clothing line in 2011 for using a ‘lookalike’ to promote their brand. Kim was seeking damages and a ban on Old Navy using a lookalike again. The case was settled, although no details were filed.
Rapper Lil Wayne filed a suit against Quincy Jones III for apparently using unlicensed music in a documentary. Quincy counter-sued, arguing that Lil Wayne had blocked the release of his film. Lil Wayne was ordered to pay $.2.2 million.
After her embarrassing X Factor USA sacking, Cheryl filed a £2million lawsuit for compensation. While the case is still on going, if she is successful experts believe Simon Cowell could be forced to pay £3.5million.
The troubled actress was suing rapper Pitbull for the use of her name in his song Give Me Everything. But this year, Lindsay lost her case as the judge claimed the song is ‘a work of art protected by the 1st amendment’.
Michael Jackson was no stranger to the courtroom. He has been involved in several cases from trademark infringement to not delivering albums on time. His most famous court case, however, was the one brought by the parents of a 13-year-boy that detailed lurid sexual acts between him and Jackson. The case, People vs. Michael Jackson was one of the most televised and eccentric celebrity cases in history, with Jackson frequently showing up to court late or in pajamas, always to crowds of screaming fans outside of the courthouse. Even after his death, Michael Jackson’s name is still appearing in court cases as his personal doctor is being tried for the wrongful death of the singer.