Woman Sued Lil Wayne For Using Her Image On His Line Of T-Shirts
Lil Wayne has headed to court to battle the woman suing him of ruining her reputation by using her photo on a line of his t-shirts.
Wayne has accused the woman, Shanise Taylor, of lying and has demanded the entire case be thrown out of court!
Taylor filed suit against Lil Wayne, photographer/videographer Derick G, clothing company Trukfit and Universal Music in Miami-Dade Circuit Court for invasion of privacy, among other things, after her picture ended up on Trukfit t-shirts without permission.
According to Shanise, she accompanied a friend Tonya Tardiff – a professional model – to Derick G’s studio. At the photo shoot he asked Shanise if she would like to pose for photos. She believed the photos were only for her and not to be used commercially, so she participated in the shoot.
Four years later, Shanise’s friend reached out to her via text and sent a photo of a sales rack in Macy’s which showed a t-shirt from the clothing line Trukfit with her on it but with an altered body and face.
She would later find out that Lil Wayne’s clothing company had a deal with Macy’s where the shirts were being sold across the United States and internationally.
The photo used for the shirt features the plaintiff wearing only a t-shirt and her left upper thigh is exposed in a sexually suggestive manner. However, in the original photos she was wearing boy shorts and shows that she is indeed wearing underwear unlike in the photo on the shirt.
The suit explained that Lil Wayne is business partners with Derick G and has contributed to designs in the clothing line since 2012.