John Lennon's widow denies name claims
Yoko Ono has released a statement saying that, despite reports otherwise, she is not sueing a singer called Lennon Murphy.
As previously reported, Yoko Ono was allegedly seeking to stop Murphy from using the name Lennon as a performance name.
However Ono has now released a statement proclaiming this is untrue.
According to the release Murphy did however seek permission to perform under her name, Lennon Murphy, and Ono did not object to this request.
But then reportedly, without Ono’s knowledge, Murphy applied to the US trademark office for exclusive rights to the name Lennon for musical performances.
Ono’s legal team then allegedly requested that Murphy’s legal team and manager withdraw the application and even offered to cover the costs Murphy had incurred when registering for the trademark.
Murphy apparently ignored this and went ahead with the application.
Ono then notified the trademark office stating it was unfair that Murphy be allowed sole usage of the Lennon trademark in relation to music.
According to the statement she did not, however, sue Murphy.
Ono said: “I am really hurt if people thought that I told a young artist to not use her own name in her performances and had sought to sue her. I did no such thing. I hope this allegation will be cleared.”
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