Kendall and Kylie: Tupac t-shirt lawsuit 'baseless'
Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s clothing label has responded to a lawsuit filed over a photo of rapper Tupac featured on a t-shirt, describing the claim as “baseless”.
Celebrity photographer Mike Miller is accusing the sisters of using one of his photos without permission.
In a statement, fashion brand Kendall + Kylie said there had been no copyright infringement and that only two t-shirts were sold before they were pulled from distribution.
The snap in question is one of late rapper Tupac Shakur and was used on a $ 125 (£97) t-shirt, with a photo of Kylie Jenner in a bikini and the caption ‘Body is a Wonderland’ superimposed on top.
Miller posted a tweet last week saying: “I couldn’t sleep last night over this s***. I saw this morning Biggies mom is not happy…”.
The t-shirt is part of a series by the Jenners using photos of famous bands and musicians such as Pink Floyd, The Doors, Ozzy Osbourne and The Notorious BIG, real name Christopher Wallace.
His mother, Volletta Wallace, called the collection “disgusting and disrespectful”.
“I have no idea why they feel they can exploit the deaths of 2pac and my Son Christopher to sell a t-shirt,” Wallace wrote on Instagram.
Sharon Osbourne said the Jenners should “stick to what you know: lipgloss”.
The sisters apologised following a backlash on social media, saying it was “not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in anyway”.
However, their label insists there has been “no infringement or violation of anyone’s rights” as the t-shirts with the rapper’s image were obtained from a company that had a valid license to sell them.
“The allegations made are completely false and the lawsuit is baseless,” the sisters’ company said.
“Canada Inc, the licensee manufacturer of the K + K brand, purchased a very small quantity of vintage t-shirts with performer images already on them. Only two Tupac t shirts were sold before being pulled from distribution.
“Canada Inc did not copy anyone’s image, remove any copyright notice from any image, or attempt to exploit Mr Miller’s claimed right of publicity.”
The entire collection has now been pulled from the Kendall + Kylie website and stores.
This isn’t the first time the Jenners have been criticised for their commercial image.
In April, Kendall came under fire for starring in a Pepsi advert in which she used a can of the sugary drink to calm tensions between activists and police.