Real Rick Ross Sues Rapper for $10 Mil, Attempts to Halt “Teflon Don’s” Release
Rick Ross’ new album, Teflon Don, is scheduled for release on July 20, but not if the real Ricky Ross has anything to do with it.
As previously reported, the notorious ex-drug dealer that the Miami MC has named himself after, was planning a lawsuit against the rapper born William L. Roberts II.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ross has officially filed the suit in federal court in California to the tune of $10 million. He claims the Boss stole his name and identity and wants to stop the sale of his album. Along with Ross, the ex-con also names Jay-Z, Def Jam, Universal Music Group and Vivendi in the suit.
Ricky reportedly asserts trademark and his rights of publicity in seeking an injunction that would prevent the rapper from using the “Rick Ross” name or releasing any albums using it. He also says that the U.S. Patent and Trademark office has refused to let the rapper trademark the name.
UMG has yet to comment on the case.
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