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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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Simone    

Ban trolls like Simome!

1682 days ago
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1682 days ago
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Simone    

Fake Simone is really funny!!!!!!

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1682 days ago
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Nora    

The photo on the left is not Chico Bouchikhi.

1681 days ago
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LaGrenouille    

LOL. Look for the real Chico on the internet. You're on it, aren't you ? The man on the "red" pic is a former singer of the French Gypsy band but neither this one nor the other latino type man are Chico and he's not fat as them. TMZ's a good site but this time really is "amateur".

1681 days ago
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Linda    

The Gipsy Kings are awesome! I have seen them 4 times already, and never tire of their great music.

1681 days ago
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Dave    

Thank god! The world is clamoring justice regarding the true identity of the founding member of .... what's their name again? The Gypsy Kings? Whew! I can sleep at nights now.

1681 days ago
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annie    

this is really funny !

1681 days ago
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Cathy    

Haa!!! True, that is NOT Chico Bouchiki on the left, it is Manolo, one of the lead singers of the group Chico and the Gypsies with the TRUE Chico. He has an amazing voice.

1681 days ago
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tchandrou    

no is chico bouchikhi the foto!!!mé c manolo gimenéz encien du groupe chico the gipsy

1235 days ago
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Shameelah    

What I want to know is why this article features a photo of Manolo Giminez and not Chico Bouchikhi. True fans of Jahloul Chico Bouchikhi knows that he is clean-shaven, he has no goatee or even a moustache. Manolo Giminez used to be Chico and the Gypsies lead singer, but now Joseph Gautier is lead singer.

503 days ago

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