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Sharon Stone Sues Chanel West Coast claiming the aspiring rapper used her name, likeness “for commercial purposes without her consent”
Golden Globe winner, Academy and Primetime Emmy Award nominee Sharon Vonne Stone is suing aspiring rapper and TV personality Chelsea Chanel Dudley. Dudley, better known by her stage name Chanel West Coast, is accused of trying to capitalize on Stones “extraordinary level of popularity and fame.”
In April of 2018 Dudley released the video for her song titled “Sharon Stoned”. The song turns Stone’s name into a hook, and the video finds Dudley recreating some famous Stone movie scenes, including the “Basic Instinct” interrogation scene. The suit alleges that Dudley’s intention from the start with both the song and video was to “trade on the fame and publicity rights of Sharon Stone for Dudley’s commercial gain.”
The suit alleges the song features the name “Sharon Stone” 33 times and the name “Sharon” 99 times. It also features past quotes from Dudley in which she discusses wanting to “redo some classic, iconic Sharon Stone movie scenes” in the song’s video.
The suit seeks punitive damages and any profits Dudley may have made from the song and video.
Below is a copy of Civil Action No. 2:19-cv-9492