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Top celebrity court cases, from a robot used in a tech ad to stealing a pet chicken… – The Irish Sun

SOMETIMES celebrities can sue over the stupidest things.

Earlier this month, movie star Scarlett Johansson found herself embroiled in the use of her voice after she said major tech company Open AI had copied her voice for a flirty new chatbot.

Scarlett Johansson’s voice was used by Open AICredit: Getty Images-Getty
Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAICredit: Getty Images-Getty

The Black Widow star later revealed that Open AI owner Sam Altman had previously tried to hire her for voice acting.

The 39-year-old actress insisted: “I was shocked, angry and in disbelief that Mr. Altman would pursue a voice that sounded so eerily like mine. »

Open AI immediately abandoned the use of the bot.

Here, BRYNMOR PATTISON looks at six other stars who have been involved in weird and wonderful legal cases over the years. . .

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan was sued by an Oregon manCredit: Getty Images-Getty

Allen Heckard, a MAN from Portland, Oregon, USA, sued Michael Jordan for $416 million in 2006, claiming his resemblance to the NBA star caused him to be harassed by the public and caused emotional pain and suffering that amounted to defamation and permanent injury.

He also sued Nike for the same amount for making Jordan a celebrity through endorsement deals, TV commercials and, of course, shoes.

Heckard eventually dropped the case.

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis was sued by an aspiring singer for stealing a pet chickenCredit: Getty Images-Getty

MILA KUNIS was sued in 2015 by aspiring singer Kristina Karo, who claimed the beautiful star stole her pet chicken.

The aspiring musician said she suffered emotional trauma when Mila, then seven, pounced on the bird while they were friends in Ukraine and living on a chicken farm.

Karo said the theft of her chicken named Doggie had “stopped her from pursuing the American dream.”

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Karo dropped the suit, saying his therapist “taught him to forgive.”

Barbara Streisand

Barbra Streisand sued photographer Kenneth Adelman over her house in the photoCredit: Getty Images-Getty

BARBRA STREISAND’s reproach coined the term “Streisand effect”, meaning an attempt to censor something that actually attracts more attention.

The singer was furious after her California mansion appeared in a photo taken by Kenneth Adelman from the Pacific coast in 2003.

She claimed a violation of privacy.

But the case drew attention to the photo, which was downloaded just six times and was viewed 420,000 times the following month.

Ron Livingston

Ron Livingston sued after someone kept editing his relationship status on WikipediaCredit: Getty Images-Getty

In 2009, actor Ron Livingston filed a lawsuit against an unknown person on Wikipedia who had repeatedly edited his page to include statements that Livingston was gay (he is heterosexual and married) and in a relationship with a man named Lee Dennison.

Every time its representatives deleted the information, the troll reinstated it.

However, the case backfired when Livingston was accused of homophobia and there have been no updates since.

50 cents

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson was involved in a lawsuit with Taco BellCredit: Getty Images-Getty

Rapper 50 Cent filed a $4 million lawsuit in 2008 against Taco Bell, claiming the chain used his name without permission in advertisements asking him to change his name.

The musician said the fast food franchise used his name in promotions without permission.

The ads asked him to change his name to 79 Cent, 89 Cent or 99 Cent as part of a promotion for items under a dollar.

Taco Bell sent a joke letter to the media, but not to him first, according to the suit. The lawsuit was settled for an unknown amount.

Vanna White

Vanna White sued Samsung over 1993 adCredit: Getty Images-Getty

American Wheel of Fortune host Vanna White sued Samsung in 1993 over its use of an advertisement featuring a female robot on a game show.

The C-3PO lookalike, dressed in a blonde wig and dress, flipped letters on a board over text that read: “The longest running game show.” 2012 AD »

But a judge noted at the time: “One of them is Vanna White. The other is a robot.

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“No one could reasonably confuse the two.”

White ultimately received $403,000 for the use of his image.

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