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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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106.

do something about it    

THERE MIGHT BE ALOT OF OTHER RACES IN THE GHETTO BUT THE WHITE MAN IS MAJORITY OF POOR PEOPLE IN COUNTRY THE COUNTRY HE BUILT ALL ON HIS OWN YES THE GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SOUND BACKWARDS TO ME

2872 days ago
107.

Laura    

#98 yulu is it? Caucasions may NOT have found America but we made it the great, wonderful country it is today. And thats no thanks to black people either. Blacks make America an ugly place their the negativity about it.

Posted at 1:07PM on Dec 13th 2006 by yulu

You really believe this sh#$^%@ you wrote. Blacks picked your cotton took care of your kids, cooked your food and did all the crap work you did not want to. Blacks worked alonside whites and Asians and Indians to uplift this country. the first traffic light was invented by a black man. the many uses for peanuts was researched and produced by a black man. we can work hard. our womwn don't claim to be delicate wilting flowers that need to be knocked out in order to give birth. this was supposed to be about Kanye, but it has as usual turned racial. instead of listening to the long history of hatred that your parents and grandparents taught you...find out for yourself. and not just from the rap songs thta degrade us or the shows that have us as pimps, hookers and dope dealers. go out into the real world. there are idiots in every race.

2872 days ago
108.

VV    

Most of Kanye West's fans don't even know who Evel Kanevel is...WTF?

2872 days ago
109.

VV    

@ Buttercup on post #25, We did not come here by choice. In the words of Malcolm X, "We didn't land on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth landed on us!" This country was built on the back of blacks that were brought to this country as slaves. Now it is being expanded by hispanics. Much love to the Bouriquas! Chitlin' Enchiladas All DAY!!!

2872 days ago
110.

KELLY    

PROUD TO BE HISPANIC, ASIANS AREN'T WHITE THEY ARE GREY

2872 days ago
111.

wnt2kno    

Its astounding that Kanye's people did not tell him he needed to talk to Evel about using this material.

I hope EK wins this lawsuit in a very public way.

2872 days ago
112.

shawn    

"kanye is such a wannabe..and the biggest diva ive ever seen... if hes a real man, he would stand up and explain himself.. has he?? nope. hes probably home right now throwing himself a pity party."

what the hell are you talking about? explain himself?? explain what???
there IS NO CASE HERE. you wanna know why weird al doesnt get sued for parodying people? BECAUSE THE LAW SAYS YOU CAN LEGALLY PARODY PEOPLE.
This video is completely protected under those laws. Just like every parody that you see on TV. Even Kanye West has been parodied (carlos mencia?) and probably a bunch of other times.
And this wasnt even a "parody" but it falls under the same category. Evel Knievel has NO CASE HERE. If anything he should be happy that somebody still gives a f*** about him enough to spend a million dollars on a music video thats basically paying homage to him.
And how can he say "I don't want my children or my grandchildren associated with this kind of thing...I want it stopped." when he abused his wife and kids and used drugs, and also beat a man unconscious with a baseball bat. (see wikipedia)

2872 days ago
113.

shawn    

"Its astounding that Kanye's people did not tell him he needed to talk to Evel about using this material."

Thats because he didnt, hun.

2872 days ago
114.

lundy    

kanye----what an assh-le.arrogant no talent jerk.

2871 days ago
115.

shawn    

"First of all, Kanye and his people should have checked the copyright laws before doing the video"

and you should have checked the post above you, along with the copyright laws, before typing your comment.

2871 days ago
116.

Tanya    

Kanye West is the personification of an egotistical jerk! I can not stand the man. I once grooved to his music because the boy can lay down some catchy songs. Yet I have a problem with anyone who thinks that they are God's gift to the people. I mean really, Kanye, you are not all that, Sweetie. You need to be humble being as that you were in a near death experience. Thank God for letting you even get on stage and perform. I am totally turned off from you and your 'holier than thou' acts. We are your judges, Kanye. If we don't vote for your songs and just happen to vote for someone else over you, that means that what you thought was your best wasn't good enough for the fans out there. Just like Aaliyah says, Dust yourself off and try again."

2870 days ago
117.

Big Bomb    

I'm a huge Kanye fan (I weigh over 200 pounds) and I WAS alive in 1974, in fact I remember the jump and the jumpsuit ...

2849 days ago
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