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Knievel Sues 'Kanyevel' Over Jumpsuit

12/12/2006 4:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

World-famous daredevil Evel Knievel, 68, has sued rapper Kanye West -- over a cheesy jumpsuit and a rocket-propelled Skycycle.
Evel Kneivel, Kanye West
In a lawsuit filed Monday in Federal Court in Florida, the daredevil claims that Kanye infringed on his trademark name and likeness in West's video for "Touch the Sky." In the video, West portrays a character named "Evel Kanyevel" who attempts to jump a large canyon, not unlike Knievel's famous 1974 jump of Snake River Canyon in Idaho, which was not successful.

Knievel argues that the white jumpsuit he wore for the stunt and the "Skycycle" that he used are trademarked. Knievel also claims in the suit that "vulgar and offensive" images depicted in the video damage his reputation.

The lawsuit asks for damages and seeks to halt distribution of the video. West's reps couldn't be immediately reached for comment. No word on whether Knievel knows how many of Kanye West's fans were actually alive in 1974.

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Sasha Lynn    

Too bad this didn't happen a few weeks ago...he could have added "I was sued and Sh!t" to his list of why his video was so wothy of Video of the Year!

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coco puff    

Evel proved white men can jump. This doesnt surprise me, these loser crappers have been ripping everything else off. They are no-talent copy cats, period. They are losers and so are the a**holes who buy into there sh*t!

2875 days ago
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Donna    

His jump in Idaho over the Snake River Canyon was not successful. Check your history facts. His parachute went off when he was 2/3 way up the ramp, so he couldnt jump. He floated to the bed of the canyon....

2875 days ago
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~renee    

what the hell is up w/ that picture? His head is HUGE!

2875 days ago
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nuggyt    

Did he call him a n*****???

2875 days ago
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Curiosity Killed the KAT ;-)    

Jack, you've got it wrong, black people have been ripped off copied and imitated forever...

2875 days ago
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Poop    

first off shut up CMG

2nd--good its time that someone puts kayne west in his place. the guy sucks and is so selfish! the reason why hes not winning awards is because everyone else is better than he is, he just fails to see that.

2875 days ago
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tmz is fat    

i hate kaynine west.... hes retarded and should stop thinking everyone hates black people... cause according to him... if your white then you must be racist... hes probably going to say that this Knievel guy is racist and that he doesnt want him to do the video because hes black...

2875 days ago
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do something about it    

They might not have an orignal thought but atleast they have their own original country! Can you say the same.

2875 days ago
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stoopit    

What a suprise...Kanye ripping someone off. No talent putz.

2875 days ago
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stoopit    

#4 Renee, that's really how his head is, big and full of sh*t

2875 days ago
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amy    

I don't like Kanye all that much but there is no need to call him names.

2875 days ago
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Andrea    

I hope Evil Knievel wins the lawsuit.............. Kanye deserves to be "put in his place" by somebody, because he's a selfish bastard. And why the hell didn't anyone check into copyright infringment before they decided to copy the original stunt devil?

2875 days ago
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kathryn    

Kanye is nothing but a racist, whining little b*tch. He sucks and should pay big.

2875 days ago
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CJ    

I wish the real Evel Knievel the best. Is there no creativity in the Kanye West camp? Evel has years of hard work and injuries to show for it. All Kanye shows by doing this is he has to ride on someone elses coatails to receive attention. Sad.

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