The judge announces a mistrial in TI & Tiny’s lawsuit against OMG Dollz
The presiding judge YOU and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harristrial against toy maker declared moot, after jurors hear woman testify “They didn’t want to support a company that steals from African Americans and their ideas.”
The lawsuit, filed against MGA Entertainment, claims the toy company stole her daughter’s likeness for its OMG Dollz toy line, which the woman called cultural property. .
Zonnique Pullins, T.I.’s stepdaughter, used to be a part of the girl rap group OMG Girlz, who bear an uncanny resemblance to the aforementioned dolls, The Shadow Room previously reported.
Jury Hears Woman Makes Derogatory Comments In Rapper TI’s Lawsuit Against Toy Company
On Wednesday, US District Judge James V. Selna declared the mistrial, agreeing with an argument made by MGA’s lawyers.
“I didn’t want to support a company that steals from African Americans and their ideas,” the woman said.
Today, a judge announced a lawsuit because of it, agreeing with this argument from MGA lawyers. pic.twitter.com/51LXV8gFBO
– Meghann Cuniff (@meghancuniff) January 25, 2023
According to court documents obtained by crime reporter Meghann Cuniff, Judge Selna considered the woman’s testimony to be a “rant” that was prejudicial to the defendants. cultural appropriation, which damages the defendants, which in this case is MGA Entertainment.
Rapper’s lawyer tries to get judge to reconsider, claims women’s evidence won’t help their case
TI’s lawyer, Erin Ranahan, tried to get Judge Selna to reconsider, insisting that the evidence was not at all useful to their case.
“We didn’t want that subject before this jury in particular. This is not Los Angeles. There is not one black person on the jury.”
The rapper and his wife are suing a toy maker for using their stepdaughter’s likeness in a line of dolls, which they say ripped off her look while working in the rap group OMG Girlz.
Coming soon to the federal courthouse in Santa Ana, California: Rapper T.I. and his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, are going to court to claim the intellectual property rights of former girl rap group OMG Girlz defended in a lawsuit by toymaker MGA Entertainment. pic.twitter.com/5yTN39AXHA
– Meghann Cuniff (@meghancuniff) January 5, 2023
In April 2022, Pullins accused the doll company OMG Dolls of plagiarizing the beauty of OMG Girlz, a group in which she was a teenager, Nick Fenley of The Shade Room wrote for Blavity at the time.
The Harris family was in the midst of a lawsuit to protect intellectual property rights from the former girl rap group OMG Girlz, Cuniff reported.
“Mass Cultural Misappropriation, Racism Cases Considered in Lawsuit,” Reporter Says
In an Instagram post made by Zonnique in April, she informed her followers about the issue, after they chose between “Hope you got paid” and “No, don’t see (the appearance).
About 95 percent of respondents favored Pullins.
The lawsuit itself is going to be about MGA’s OMG Dolls and whether or not they infringe on OMG Girlz. The doll maker was actually the first to start a lawsuit in 2020, but now TI and Tiny have gone ahead with a lawsuit.
Cuniff reports that “major issues of cultural misappropriation and racism are being considered at trial, among other pre-trial issues,” she tweeted.
It is unclear when a new trial will begin.