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Detroit Sueing Dr. Dre Again…

Posted By on June 10, 2003

Associated Press reports five current and former city officials have sued rapper Dr. Dre and others involved in the production of a DVD, saying their privacy was invaded.

Defendants in the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, include Up In Smoke Tour headliner Dr. Dre; Magic Johnson, whose company helped produce the tour; AOL Time Warner, which distributed and marketed the DVD; Best Buy, which sold it; and
Panavision, which provided cameras for the concert staff.

The lawsuit alleges that a hidden camera and microphones were secretly used to intercept, eavesdrop and record, exchanges between city officials and tour organizers.

Up in Smoke was a major rap tour that came to Detroit and Auburn Hills in the summer of 2000. Officials in both cities threatened to punish tour organizers if they showed a sexually explicit video as part of the show. Detroit officials succeeded in keeping the video from being shown, but later paid Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young $25,000 and apologized for infringing on his free speech rights.

The exchange between the city leaders and tour organizers in a back room at Joe Louis Arena became a bonus track on a DVD released after the tour.

“What would you do if somebody took your image and put it on a T-shirt or a product and started making millions of dollars off it without your consent?” attorney Glenn Oliver told the Detroit Free Press for a Thursday story.

Herschel Fink, whose law firm also is being sued and represents Dr. Dre, called the charges “basically comic.”

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