Scott Weiland’s Children File Suits Against Companies Using His Likeness
Scott Weiland's second wife, Mary, has filed lawsuits on behalf of the couple's children against several companies that are using the former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman's name or likeness without permission.
The suits filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court allege that Merchbar Inc., RageOn! Inc., OldGlory.com, Red Fox Ink and Officially Licensed Gear have failed to obtain permission to use the late musician's name and logo on merchandise they sell. They seek unspecified damages and a court order preventing further sales, according to mynewsla.
Weiland's teenaged son and daughter own all rights of publicity associated with their late father, according to the suits. But these five companies have allgedly used Weiland's name, likeness more than 100 times to sell clothing, household items, cell phone cases and children's toys.
Mary Weiland previously sought to be named executor of her late ex-husband's will, which had been written in 2007. His estate was estimated at $2 million, with additional undisclosed assets. She also wrote an emotional open letter following his death, alleging that Weiland rarely saw his children throughout their lives, didn't even invite them to his third wedding and often failed to pay child support after he remarried.
“Skip the depressing T-shirt with 1967-2015 on it — use the money to take a kid to a ballgame or out for ice cream,” she wrote, suggesting people stop glorifying the tragedy.
Weiland died in 2015 of a drug overdose while in Minnesota on a U.S. tour with his band the Wildabouts. He had long struggled with drug and alcohol addiction.
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