Seven of the Weirdest Celebrity Lawsuits Ever
SNAPLIGHT PHONE CASES VS. KIM
Kim Kardashian West has the golden touch when it comes to product endorsements, which, you can assume, is bad news for the competitors of the companies she favors. Well, SnapLight phones cases — which makes a selfie-ready lighted phone case similar to Kardashian West’s favorite, LuMee — feels that her endorsement is so harmful that they're suing her over it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, SnapLight filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Kardashian West's company, Kimsaprincess Inc., arguing that "it has been extremely difficult for Snaplight to compete in the selfie case market." They are asking for $100 million in damages, and for Kardashian West to stop using and promoting the LuMee cases, too. Kardashian West isn't letting the suit rattle her, though: "The patent lawsuit filed by SnapLight has no merit and is just another attempted shakedown," a rep for Kardashian West said. "Kim has done absolutely nothing wrong." It remains to be seen if the suit will go to trial.
KRISTINA VS. MILA
A Ukranian singer, Kristina Karo, is hitting Mila Kunis with a $5,000 lawsuit for an incident involving … a stolen chicken. Karo (who conveniently just dropped a music video) says that when the two girls were first-graders in the Ukraine, Kunis stole Karo's beloved chicken, which allegedly caused her severe emotional distress. Twenty-five years later, the two are both living in the Los Angeles area, and Karo says that having Kunis nearby has drudged all these old memories back up again, and she needs the money to pay for therapy. Kunis and fiancé Ashton Kutcher couldn't hold their tongues, and recently posted an LOL-worthy video to retaliate. Whether this suit will ever hit court remains to be seen: In the video, Kunis says she has yet to be served.
VALERIE VS. DIDDY
Paternity and child support lawsuits are relatively common – lawsuits about stolen casino chips and 9/11 conspiracy theories? Less so. In 2011, a woman named Valerie Turks claimed Diddy not only refused to provide financial support for a child of hers he'd allegedly fathered, but he also stole a casino chip from her that was "worth over 100 zillions of dollars" (direct quote). To top it all off, she also said Diddy was behind the 9/11 attacks. The sum she sought was a whooping $900 billion in child support, and $100 billion for loss of income, coming to a grand total of – yes, really – $1 trillion.
ALLEN VS. MICAHEL
In the '90s, everybody wanted to be like Mike, except for the one man who really was like him. Allen Heckard, a civilian with a distinctive resemblance to the former Chicago Bulls star, was so fed up with requests for autographs and photos that he decided to sue both MJ and Nike founder Phil Knight (for promotion Jordan's image, thus making him more recognizable) for $416 million each. Eventually, Heckard dropped the suit against both parties, presumably when he realized there are worse things in life than being mistaken for Michael Jordan.
URSULA VS. CHARLIE
Sometimes, the line between fact and fiction blurs. And for Ursula Auburn, the line blurred a little too much for her liking on an episode Two and a Half Men. She claimed that she resembled the character Rose, a loopy stalker, in various ways, including looks, voice and wardrobe. She also claimed that certain plot points in the show reflected real-life interactions she'd had with the show's star Charlie Sheen. So Auburn sued the actor, claiming that he never asked for permission to model a character after her. The two ended up settling out of court.
UNNAMED CHEF VS. SIMON
Try this one on for size: An unnamed woman allegedly went to Cowell's home to interview for the position of in-house chef. When she arrived, she was asked to remove her shoes (which were equipped with orthopedic insoles worth $500) – but claims she never got the footwear back. In retaliation she sued Cowell, but not for much: Just for the cost of her shoes and the gas money it took to get to and from his home. Magically, her shoes were returned.
FORT WORTH MAN VS. ELVIS
Just after his death, some fans were so steadfast in their belief of the King's survival that they were willing to do anything to prove it. Bill Smith of Fort Worth, Texas, was one of those people: He sued Elvis's estate after his death, claiming that family lied about the musician's passing. He said he knew this because he had had multiple phone conversations with Elvis himself, and claimed that Elvis's estate violated his civil rights, among other charges. Needless to say, he didn't win his suit, though we imagine his theory still stands.