Brooklyn rapper Lil’ Kim may want to lawyer up and see what plan of action she should take after reportedly ignoring an artist’s request to remove an image she used for her “Dead Gal Walking” single’s cover art.
According to reports, Kim is potentially facing a huge $150,000 lawsuit if she does not comply with the artist’s request.
Canadian artist Samantha Ravndahl lashed out at Kim on social media websites in November for lifting her scary image off Reddit, then using it on the Lil’ Kim website and Instagram accounts to promote her music. Ultimately, it looks like Kim blew off Samantha, so now the artist has lawyered up and fired off a letter to the rapper demanding Kim pull the image … or else. The “or else” is suing Kim for $150K minimum. And the lawyer’s letter points out a Lil irony. Kim once went on Hot 97 radio and complained Nicki Minaj stole her swag, adding, “If you are going to steal my swag, you gonna have to pay.” (TMZ)
Back in November, the Queen Bee publicly acknowledged who was responsible for revamping the cover art.
“Thank U to @DustyAceti a huge fan and talented graphic designer! Muuaahh!!!,” Kim tweeted November 14. (Lil’ Kim’s Twitter)
On the single’s redone artwork, Kim killed off the neon colors and went with a darker theme.
Lil’ Kim has revealed the new cover art for her single “Dead Gal Walking.” A zombie Kim lurks in the background on the dark and bloody artwork designed by Dusty Designs. The original cover sparked controversy after makeup artist Samantha Ravndahl claimed Kim took her photo and used it without permission. Ravndahl tells TMZ that she posted the selfie online and soon noticed that Kim was using it on her social sites. She is hoping to reach a financial settlement and avoid a lawsuit. (Rap-Up)
Details of Kim’s messy legal case surfaced online back in mid-November.
Lil’ Kim is a ghoulish thief who ripped off a creepy pic of a decaying skull … and is now claiming it as her own … so says the professional makeup artist who took the pic and is demanding $$$. Samantha Ravndahl tells TMZ … she’s not only the artist … she’s also the girl in the picture — which shows a green-faced woman with rotting flesh and exposed parts of her skull. Ravndahl says she posted the macabre selfie online … and soon discovered that Lil’ Kim was using the very same image on her own social media sites. (TMZ)
She previously spoke on the “Dead Gal Walking’s” overall theme and motivation.
“It’s a very strong, serious record, but at the same time, feel-good,” Kim told MTV News on Wednesday (October 11). “There’s a lot of things that can turn you into a dead girl or a dead man walking and nobody wants to be that. So, I guess my message is ‘Don’t become a dead girl or dead man walking. Live your life right’.” (RapFix)
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