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Kanye West sued by daredevil Evel Knievel
Evel Knievel might be a daredevil, but putting his reputation on the line by allowing his image to be spoofed in a Kanye West video is too daring even for him. So he decided to not let it slide. Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court accusing West of trademark infringement and unauthorized use of his image while claiming the "Touch the Sky" video tarnished Knievel's image with "vulgar, sexual and racially charged" content.
"The guy just disgraced me," Knievel told the St. Petersburg Times. "I have done the best I can to set an example for children, and then this guy comes along and tries to rip it apart." Knievel is seeking several millions of dollars from West, Roc-A-Fella Records and the video's director, Chris Milkand. He also wants the video pulled from the airwaves. "Touch the Sky" shows Kanye as "Evel Kanyevel" with Pamela Anderson, before attempting to clear a canyon in a rocket, a feat Knievel's attorney, Richard Fee told the Times mimics Knievel's 1974 attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon. "It's not just a three-second snippet," Fee said. "The whole video is about Kanye West portraying Evel Knievel. It's rather blatant and obvious." This is not the first time the "Touch the Sky" video has been at the center of Kanye controversy. In November, West threw a fit at the MTV Europe Music Awards when it didn't win the honor for Best Video. Kanye crashed the stage, interrupted winners Justice and Simian, took the mic and explained that he should have won because it "cost a million dollars, Pamela Anderson was in it. I was jumping across canyons. If I don't win, the awards show loses credibility."
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