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TapouT Honchos -- Yes, We Distributed Mask's Ashes

5/12/2011 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The two men who run the MMA clothing line TapouT admit they DID distribute a "very small amount" of Charles "Mask" Lewis' cremated remains to his close friends ... and they stand by their actions.

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TMZ spoke to the attorney representing Punkass and SkySkrape ... who tells us the men feel there is "nothing wrong with dividing up a loved one's ashes" and giving them to loved ones ... despite the fact Mask's sister claims they had no legal right to do so.

We broke the story, Carla Lewis filed a lawsuit against Punkass and SkySkrape saying they gave away 50 to 100 vials containing Mask's ashes at a public memorial service in 2009.

Carla -- who claims she is the only person with the legal power to control the ashes -- alleges the men have kept a significant amount of Mask's ashes in their possession for years, and have refused to give them back to Mask's estate.

Now, in light of the lawsuit, P and S have agreed to RETURN  the remaining ashes ... but they are adamant they have done NOTHING wrong. In fact, the men say Mask was estranged from his sister when he died in 2009 and "his close circle of friends had become his family."

The men both insist the lawsuit is purely about money -- but they're happy to give the ashes back to the estate so Mask's two young children can eventually inherit their father's remains.


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1.

Cartman    

Second.

1071 days ago
2.

sonny    

FIRST

1071 days ago
3.

sonny    

Props to you Cartman!

1071 days ago
4.

dimes    

If they had no legal right to the remains, can they be charged criminally as well as being sued civilly?

1071 days ago
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chefadam    

Idiots! Keep your mouths closed!

1071 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

they just dug themselves a hole..just because they think its right doesnt mean its legal.if she had legal rights to his remains them giving away some of his remains is breaking the law.if you loan someone something you expect to get it back in the same condition as before.so in other words they are pretty much screwed.

1071 days ago
7.

Lori    

What a couple of Ass Clowns!.

The NERVE, they had absolutely no right to take even a drop of his remains.

My GOD, just take a look at them...it tells you everything you need to know.

GIVE HIM BACK TO HIS FAMILY YOU JERK OFFS!.

1071 days ago
8.

chefadam    

Oh dear, the yutes today.

1071 days ago
9.

Me    

Dana White should be so proud he has aloud these azzhats to become the faces of the UFC.

1071 days ago
10.

Me    

aloud - allowed

1071 days ago
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karlew    

Funny how now after they have been sued they all of a sudden have concern that the guys kids inherit his ashes. Seems to me they didn't give a s hit about the kids before. Couple of douch bags making press of a dead man and kids.

1071 days ago
12.

Max    

Translation:

Oh so you're serious about the ashes thing? We were just playin' around, honest! WE were Mark's family, that's why we're selling his ashes, it's what all families do with loved ones. Pour a loved one's ashes into vials and sell them at a swap meet. What? That's not classy???

1071 days ago
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ChrisB    

"alleges the men have kept a significant amount of Mask's ashes in their possession for years"

For YEARS?!? All TWO of them?!? The man died in 2009, right? Ok, just checking because at first, it sounded like many. Lame story, lame everything!

1071 days ago
14.

adelle    

It doesn't matter if she and him were estranged at the moment of his death. She grew up with him, they have memories together that these two dbags will never have with him, it was her brother. Grow the f*ck up and have some respect. This is disgusting on so many levels.

1071 days ago
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w    

This is horrible, these guys should be in prison for this, unbelievable that they did this, I hope she sues the sh** out of them and takes every penny they have now, get, and after they die right into her pocket, these people who did this to her are pure s***.

1071 days ago
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