Dolce & Gabbana getting sued by Peter Fonda over Easy Rider T-shirts
There is absolutely no peace for fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana, nor their lawyers.
The two designers have had their names smeared across front pages - not fashion magazines for their collections - but because of their twenty month sentence for tax evasion/fraud in Italy.
They were then back in the headlines following a very public controversy against Milan's city hall, that resulted in the dynamic fashion duo deciding to close down nine stores for three days for indignation.
Now American actor Peter Fonda is suing the fashion label and also retailer Nordstrom, for selling t-shirts featuring his Easy Rider image without permission.
Easy Rider is the iconic 1969 cult motorcycle movie that was written by Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, and produced by Fonda and directed by the late Hopper.
The nine Easy Rider T-shirts that depict Fonda in black and white in his role as Wyatt, are part of D&Gs Icon T-shirts collection (there’s also been t-shirts featuring James Dean, Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, ect) were being sold through Nordstrom for $295.
The 73-year-old Fonda - who is still a motorcycle affecionado , and rode a replica of his Easy Rider Captain America chopper at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2009 - claims that his image was used without his consent.
Fonda is asking for $6 million for "injuries to his peace, happiness, goodwill and reputation” and also filedfor additional punitive damages, legal fees and a share of any profits from the T-shirts.
D&G has said that they have a legal contract in which they acquired the rights of usage of a selection of images taken from the movie, but the T-shirts are no longer available online.
Fonda is just latest star that has a beef with fashion labels over using images without consent.
Rihanna tried to sue Topshop for $5 million after they refused to stop selling a T-shirt printed with a photo of her face, while the estate of Marlon Brando filed a lawsuit and injunction against Harley-Davidson Motor Company for allegedly selling a line of boots called "The Brando."