Tara Reid Drops $100 Million Lawsuit Against Sharknado Producers
Tara Reid was suing for false endorsement and misappropriation of celebrity likeness, as well as common law wrongful appropriation of likeness and breach of written contract
More than four months after Reid, who stars as April Wexler in the films, initially filed the suit, the actress submitted new documents April 18 informing the court that it is being dismissed.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the “notice of dismissal pursuant to federal rules of civil procedure” filing notes that “this action is dismissed by the Plaintiff(s) in its entirety.”
Reid’s rep had no comment. PEOPLE is out to Syfy and Asylum Entertainment for comment.
In documents filed Dec. 6 and obtained by The Blast, the star of the Syfy movie franchise accused the fim producers of misappropriating her likeness and image “for a commercial purpose without her consent,” including slot machines and alcoholic beverages.
She sued Asylum Entertainment and SYFY Media Productions for $100 million in damages.
The documents stated that “[Reid] alleges that defendants and each of them without her knowledge and prior written consent misappropriated her likeness for the commercial purpose of endorsing by implication gambling products and alcoholic beverages.”
The suit claimed that the defendants “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.”
As a result, Reid alleged that the defendants made “millions of dollars in profits … from the marketing, sale, lease, and distribution of Sharknado slot machines bearing the likeness of Plaintiff Tara Reid,” the documents stated.
Reid claimed that in her November 2016 “Performer Engagement Agreement” for Sharknado 5, a clause states that “in no event shall Performer’s likeness be used for any merchandising in association with alcohol, tobacco, gambling, hygiene, or sexual products without Performer’s prior written approval.” The suit alleged that the plaintiffs “never approved the use of Tara Reid’s likeness on the Sharknado slot machines, nor was such approval ever requested by any of the defendants.”
A rep for Reid and Asylum Entertainment did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment at the time. Syfy had no comment.
Reid has starred in all six Sharknado films, from 2013’s original TV movie to 2018’s The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time.