October 22, 2014
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Village People's first cop wants a revamped
version of the group to stop using his likeness and voice.
The lawsuit filed last week in San Diego by Victor Willis claims
companies continue to use his voice and picture to promote the new
Village People. He is seeking at least $1 million and a judge's
order that they can no longer use his image or voice.
Willis was the original police officer in the group and helped
pen the Village People's greatest hits, including "Y.M.C.A" and
He is suing Sixuvus Ltd., a New York company that promotes the
new Village People. He's also suing the William Morris Agency as
well as Can't Stop Productions - which owns the trademark to the
band's name - and several venues where the new group has performed.
Phone messages and e-mail sent seeking comment from the
companies were not immediately returned Monday.
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