List of celebrities suing Epic Games continues to grow
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro is now also suing Epic Games, accusing them of copying his “Carlton Dance” from the 90s show. Joining the list is Russell Horning, also known as Backpack Kid is the latest celebrity to sue Epic games over claims that they are using his “Flossing” dance in Fortnite without permission. Backpack Kid says his mom and manager feel Fortnite is taking advantage of him, and he’s letting the grown-ups handle the legal process.
Horning, however, does not own the copyright to his dance and Horning has participated at a Fortnite event in the past, as early as June 2018 he played in the game’s E3 Pro-Am. During the event, Horning was asked by TMZ whether or not he thought he should get anything from having his dance in the game and he replied, “it’s not that big of a deal, I’m just glad it’s in the game.”
Alfonso Ribeiro has filed legal papers at the US District Court in Central California.
“It is widely recognised that Mr Ribeiro’s likeness and intellectual property have been misappropriated by Epic Games in the most popular video game currently in the world, Fortnite,” Ribeiro’s lawyer David Hecht said in a statement. Mr Hecht also represents Brooklyn rapper 2 Milly, who took similar legal action against Epic and Take-Two earlier this year, claiming the game developers misappropriated the Milly Rock, a dance move he created for a 2014 music video. As to whether “Fresh” remains available in Fortnite going forward remains to be seen. A similar lawsuit is also being lobbied at 2K Games for using the “Carlton Dance” in NBA 2K.
Epic Games has yet to release a statement on any of the lawsuits but one thing is for certain, Epic Games and Fortnite getting loads of media attention