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MMA Lawsuit

You JACKED

My Brother's Remains!!

5/11/2011 6:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The heads of the MMA clothing company TapouT have been accused of STEALING the cremated remains of their fallen co-founder ... and illegally giving away vials of his ashes at his memorial ... TMZ has learned.

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The man at the center of the controversy is Charles "Mask" Lewis -- who was killed by a drunk driver back in 2009. Mask was cremated at the request of his sister Carla ... who had executive power over Mask's remains. 

After Mask's death, Carla claims she was approached by the co-founders of TapouT -- men calling themselves Skyscrape and Punkass -- who wanted to "borrow" Mask's ashes and urn for a public memorial service.

In a lawsuit filed in San Bernardino County, CA -- Carla says she agreed, but demanded the two men return Mask's remains immediately following the service.

Here's where things get CRAZY -- Carla says when she arrived to the memorial service, she noticed "various booths and tables" set up around the cathedral ... one of which contained, "a large shoebox-size box containing several miniature vials that were on display."

Carla says the vendor informed her, "each of the vials contained a small amount of the cremated remains of Mask, and were reserved for, and to be given to, 'special people' whose names were on a printed list."

Carla believes somewhere between 50 to 100 vials were either "sold, given away, donated or otherwise distributed to several unknown persons."

Not only is Carla PISSED about the vials ... she claims TapouT still has possession of the urn and the remainder of Mask's ashes ... and the company refuses to return them. 

Carla is suing for unspecified damages -- citing "overwhelming and severe emotional distress."

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53 COMMENTS

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1.

LYNN TACHICK    

Mask did not die from being hit by a drunk driver...he was racing.

1072 days ago
2.

allen    

Hey TMZ.. Wasnt this guy killed when he was wrecklessly driving his sports car and hit a pole? Didnt you guys post pics of the car in two pieces? I dont recall him being killed by a drunk driver...If Im right...dont i deserve a TMZ shirt?

1072 days ago
3.

bunny    

Of course they can't give her the urn and ashes back. They probably tossed the urn after they were done mass producing viles of ashes. Sick.

1072 days ago
4.

Sin D    

C'mon...I can't see this happening really. People can't possibly be THAT messed up.

1072 days ago
5.

John    

"NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.—Mixed martial arts figure "Mask," who co-founded the TapouT clothing line, was killed early Wednesday when a $300,000 Ferrari crashed and was torn in half. The driver of another car was arrested for investigation of manslaughter."

From what I remember he was racing and they thought they touched but never could prove who was at fault but because they were racing the other guy got charged..

I don't give a rats ass what people say he was racing. I know cars and been working on them for more than 25 years and I know one of the best made cars in the world is not going to split in two if he was doing 40... he had to been pushing 120+

1072 days ago
6.

KeiserSoze    

TAPOUT, S***BAGS, RETURN THE DUDES ASH.

TAPOUT SHOULD PAY DEARLY FOR HER EMOTIONAL DISTRESS AND FOR BEING TOTAL S***BAGS.

I WILL NEVER LOOK AT TAPOUT THE SAME AGAIN.

1072 days ago
7.

Matt    

Ok this is stupid .. if it was true why didnt she sue back in 2009 when it happened?! its pretty ****ed up when you use your dead brother to make a few bucks

1072 days ago
8.

BW    

WEIRDO'S

1072 days ago
9.

Chef Jack Tripper    

"KeiserSoze 19 minutes ago
TAPOUT, S***BAGS, RETURN THE DUDES ASH.


I WILL NEVER LOOK AT TAPOUT THE SAME AGAIN."

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As for me Keiser, I will always look at Tapout clothing the same way. It's for Douche Bags.

1072 days ago
10.

dimes    

Why did she wait two years to file this lawsuit?

1072 days ago
11.

jb    

The accident happened in 2009. It doesn't say when these douche bags sold the ashes... either way, that's pretty F'ed up!!!

1072 days ago
12.

Lori    

Why in the WORLD would you trust a couple of guys with such DUMB ASS names to protect your brothers remains?.

She knew these guys were a bunch of TOOLS.

And to SKYSCRAPE AND PUNKASS? I hope somebody desecrates YOUR body like you have this guys when you DIE.

1072 days ago
13.

Lori    

"NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.—Mixed martial arts figure "Mask," who co-founded the TapouT clothing line, was killed early Wednesday when a $300,000 Ferrari crashed and was torn in half. The driver of another car was arrested for investigation of manslaughter."

From what I remember he was racing and they thought they touched but never could prove who was at fault but because they were racing the other guy got charged..

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Yes, they were racing, pretting effing STUPID at that age...the other guy was in his late 50's and he was arrested because HE was DRUNK.

The TAPOUT dude was NOT drunk. The cars touched and it sent the Ferrari spinning, the DRUNK guy and the bitch he was with took off and HID, parked the Porsche and was walking away from the scene.

Too bad for him that a Police car saw most of what happened because he was coming the other way on Jamboree Rd. saw their headlights, saw what he thought was a crash and went hunting for the OTHER car (Porsche).

I'm with you TAPOUT clothes are a joke, but then isn't ALL of that Mixed Martial Art crap a JOKE?

1072 days ago
14.

Fred Farkel    

Folks will never understand why the races will always be so intolerant.

Me??

I just laugh at all that multi-cultural and multi-racial nonsense. I am too old to care. And all I know is that I have no interest in socializing with sub-humans like this.

1072 days ago
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Grumpinmcpunkkin    

This is sick. How gross! Who wants to buy someone's ashes in a vile? Who the h e l l thinks to sale someone's ashes? this is really disturbing.

1072 days ago
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