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Former 'Gipsy King': That Man Is an Imposter!

12/16/2009 2:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Chico Bouchikhi -- one of the founders of "The Gipsy Kings" -- wants everyone to know he's the only "Chico" in town ... because he's going after another "Chico" for allegedly pulling a real-life "Face/Off."

Former 'Gipsy King': That Man Is an Imposter!
According to a lawsuit filed Monday in Miami, a guy who calls himself "Chico Castillo" (not his real name) has allegedly been impersonating Bouchikhi on stage and in television interviews around the world ... claiming to be a founding member of The Gipsy Kings.

Bouchikhi already won a judgment against Castillo in France back in '98 for basically the same thing -- but now he's been forced to take his case to the U.S. after Castillo allegedly impersonated Bouchikhi on Miami television.

Bouchikhi is suing for trademark infringement, fraud, and a bunch of other stuff -- and wants Castillo to drop the act once and for all ... which may or may not include shaving the goatee.

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