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.