Tara Reid is allegedly suing ‘Sharknado’ producers for $100 million, claiming that her image has been used without permission.
The actor has played April Wexler in all six films from the ‘Sharknado’ franchise, including this year’s final instalment: ‘Sharknado: It’s About Time’.
People reports that Reid is accusing Asylum Entertainment and SYFY Media Productions of licensing her image for slot machines without her permission. She is allegedly suing for false endorsement and misappropriation of celebrity likeness, wrongful appropriation of likeness and breach of written contract.
Legal documents, as quoted in the article, claim that the producers “wrongfully licensed the rights to use Tara Reid’s likeness (which they do not own) to manufacturers of slot machines, gambling products, and beer makers, who in turn have marketed their products with her likeness, and continue to wrongfully trade and profit therefrom.”
According to People, the class action suit continues: “As such, the actions of the Defendants were malicious and oppressive and justify an award of punitive and exemplary damages in an amount sufficiently large to set a public example of deterrence, and in an amount no less than $100,000,000.00.”
It is believed Reid is asking for a jury trial.
Meanwhile, it was revealed last year that Donald Trump was in talks to play the President Of The United States in the Sharknado 3.
David Latt, the co-founder of the studio behind the Sharknado series, recalled: “The Donald said yes. He was thrilled to be asked”.
The film eventually cast Trump critic Mark Cuban in the role which apparently made Trump furious. Latt received word from Trump’s lawyer who “basically said, ‘How dare you? Donald wanted to do this. We’re going to sue you! We’re going to shut the entire show down!’”