Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Jimmy Kimmel is being sued for using a YouTube video in his show without permission from its star, according to reports.
In August, the presenter of Jimmy Kimmel Live used clips of a Hasidic man ranting, which were obtained from the video-sharing website, and incorporated them into a skit aimed towards basketball player LeBron James, the New York Post reports.
However, Dovid Sondik, who appeared in the video, titled 'Flying Rabbi', has now filed a suit at Brooklyn's Supreme Court, seeking compensation for the "difficulty and pain" he has been caused by the use of the footage.
Sondik's lawyer Robert Tolchin said that his client had been "goofing around" and had not desired or expected that the video would reach an audience of as many as 1.5 million viewers.
"It has caused me difficulty and pain... Now [people in the neighbourhood] think I'm a joke, a comedian," said Sondik, who is not a rabbi but would discuss scripture with the community.
The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages and accuses Kimmel of appropriate of likeness and violating YouTube's service terms.
A representative for Kimmel said that his team were unaware of any case against him.
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