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Former Village People cop busts Tampa Bay Rays; plans to sue for $1 million




First the Avril Lavigne fiasco, now this.

Victor Willis, lyricist, lead singer and costumed police officer for the original Village People, said Thursday in a news release that he planned to sue the Tampa Bay Rays "within the next 30 days," for misappropriating his voice and image.

The Village People — the current version, which has not included Willis, above, since 1984 — performed after a Rays game last August. But promotions for the event included a 1978 video snippet of the original Village People singing YMCA, featuring Willis the Cop front and center. His reps say this was a misleading misappropriation of his image.

Among the fantastic facts presented in this story:

-- Willis still earns $1 million a year in royalties from YMCA alone.

-- Willis is heterosexual and was once married to Phylicia Rashad.

-- In the past, Willis has also sued the Sun Bowl, Hallmark and The Cleveland Show for similar reasons.

Click here for Stephen Nohlgren's full story.

[Last modified: Friday, August 12, 2011 10:53am]


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