Fans suing celebrities is a bit weird to imagine. After all, the celebs are loved and adored by millions across the world. All of you have a favorite celebrity whom you look up to. You probably have never met them, and perhaps you never will. But still, deep down inside your heart, you have a soft corner for them.
Many of you might have dedicated songs, poems, or blogs to them. But suppose your favorite celebrity hurts your emotions or fails to live up to what you thought them to be. You will be disappointed or heartbroken, right? At the most, you will complain about social media. However, some people go all the way to make their favorite celebs pay for disappointing them. Some celebs have been taken to court by their fans. Here is the list.
Taylor Swift has melted hearts with her mesmerizing voice. It was the year 2015 when a stalker dragged Swift to court to get her attention. The man, named Russell Greer, had been a die-hard fan of Swift for years. He wrote and composed a song, I Get You, Taylor Swift, which he sent to her agents to pass on to the singer and songwriter herself.
However, copyright concerns didn’t allow the song from being to Swift. Russell, who had no intentions of taking things lying down, got numerous rejection letters. He started mailing and sending gifts to Swift’s family, trying to convince them to send his song to the songstress. When all his attempts failed, Russell sued Swift for $7000. Reason – negligence and emotional distress. After the dismissal of the lawsuit, Russell became hostile and sued Swift for the second time for $50 million.
A beloved figure from the ‘80s decade, Bon Jovi still rules hearts. To date, you will see the man tirelessly performing and touring and still creating new music. Being such an iconic singer and musician, it is hard to imagine he would steal any song.
However, Samuel Bartley Steele accused him of doing so. When Bon Jovi churned out I Love This Town in 2007, Steele claimed that the former had lifted his country-rock tribute number to the Boston Red Sox and passed it off as his creation.
Subsequently, he sued Bon Jovi for $4 billion. During the trial, Steele brought a musicologist to confirm that both songs were the same. However, the court dismissed this lawsuit when the musicologist confirmed that nothing in the two songs was alike. After the dismissal of the case, Steele appealed against the decision with the hope of harassing the singer one more time.
Imagine you are attending a concert by your favorite artist. It is natural for you to be so excited about being so close to them, you suddenly jump onto the stage to hug them. However, the security guards stop you just before you get close to the star. They swoop on you and bring you down, causing you bodily injuries.
This was the case with Richard Monroe Jr. when the guards violently tackled him as he rushed onto the stage to hug Snoop Dogg. Richard, a die-hard fan of the rapper and singer, was dragged backstage, where he later found himself lying in a pool of blood. He held Snoop Dogg responsible for this and sued him for $22 million. After the jury concluded that the whole incident was not entirely Snoop’s fault, Richard was awarded something in the ballpark of $500,000.
Miley’s alter ego, Hannah Montana, was everyone’s favorite when her face was all over the Disney Channel. The daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, the popular country singer, entered the entertainment industry at a very young age. She was soon in the limelight and popular worldwide.
However, she too had her share of troubles. A photo of Miley came out on social media where she was seen pulling her eyes to the sides making a face like an Asian. Netizens found the photo to be offensive. Lucie J. Kim sued Miley for $4 billion for violating the rights of Asian Pacific Islanders. However, a judge dismissed the case in 2009.
Other celebrities sued by their fans include Usher, Justin Bieber, Li’l Wayne, Creed, Skrillex, and Jessica Simpson. The list is longer than you could imagine.