Hangover 2 faces lawsuit over Tyson-esque tattoo

Posted on 30 April 2011
By Matt Barden
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The producers of the highly anticipated Hangover sequel have found themselves in a spot of bother yet again, as it was revealed the ink artist who designed Mike Tyson’s tattoo is seeking an injunction to delay the film’s release.

Mr Whitmill designed Iron Mike’s original face tat and is sueing Warner Brothers for the copywrited image without his permission.

The problem arises when Stu price (Ed Helm) wakes from a drunken stuppor with a copy of the familiar tattoo on the side of his face, footage that was included in the trailer.

The legal papers, filed on 28th April, said: ‘When Mr. Whitmill created the original tattoo, Mr Tyson agreed that Mr. Whitmill would own the artwork and thus, the copyright in the original tattoo. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. – without attempting to contact Mr. Whitmill, obtain his permission, or credit his creation – has copied Mr. Whitmill’s original tattoo and placed it on the face of another actor. This unauthorised exploitation of the original tattoo constitutes copyright infringement.’

Warner Brothers have not commented on the legal preceedings as yet.

Bradley Cooper and co are no strangers to controversy, already having to scrap one trailer after it showed a domesticated monkey simulating a sex act on a Thai man. But then again this is the Hangover, what else should we expect?

The Hangover is due (fingers crossed) to be released on 26th May