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Machine Gun Kelly

Photog Sues ...

I Want My Mug Shot Money, Bitch

1/17/2014 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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This photo of Machine Gun Kelly is now at the center of a big legal battle ... thanks to the photographer ... who claims the rapper's manager STOLE it from him to make crappy t-shirts.

Dario Calmese filed the lawsuit in New York, claiming he initially shot the MGK photo in 2012 for a limited edition t-shirt line with clothing company Black Apple (above) -- emphasis on "limited."

During production, Dario claims Black Apple submitted the photo to MGK's manager Byron Kirkland for final approval ... and everything appeared hunky dory.

The Black Apple tees hit the market without a hitch -- but soon after, Dario claims the mug shot photo began to surface on cheap knockoff t-shirts around the web, including at online stores Spencer's Gifts and Live Nation Worldwide.

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Now Dario is pissed ... claiming Byron hijacked the photo for his own personal t-shirt production -- outside of Black Apple -- not only using the pic without his permission, but cutting him out of the action as well.

Dario wants everyone (except Black Apple) to STOP producing the mug shot tees stat. He's suing Live Nation, Spencer's, Byron Kirkland and more ... demanding a bunch of money.

12 COMMENTS

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1.

namers    

"Wow, I want one," said no one ever.

196 days ago
2.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Who would buy that crap anyway

196 days ago
3.

thisiswhatihavetosay    

no one cares

196 days ago
4.

Kay in San Diego    

Not much of a story, a bunch of nobodies.

196 days ago
5.

Fallopia Lopez    

"Calmese claimed that he could prove that the companies using his image without permission owed him at least $3.50, which he would relentlessly pursue..."

196 days ago
6.

cindy    

Who the hell is that dude?

196 days ago
7.

Amber    

Stop hatin on MGK. Don't be pissed cuz ur a photographer who is never gonna make it big and he is making something of his life!

196 days ago
8.

Larry    

The epitome of nothing.

196 days ago
9.

Rob Zombie is King    

Um, the idiot stole his name from the gangster Machine Gun Kelly, so who is cheating who?

196 days ago
10.

ASH    

Who has even heard of this nobody?

196 days ago
11.

NOT ELMO    

BIGGEST GARBAGE....

196 days ago

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