Evel Knievel Sues Kanye West Over “Touch the Sky” Video

Legendary daredevil

motorcycle stuntman Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel has filed a multi-million

dollar lawsuit against Kanye West, claiming the Chicago rapper tarnished his image

in the video for the hit single "Touch The Sky."The

lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court, accuses Kanye West of trademark

infringement and unauthorized use of the Evel Knievel image by using vulgar,

sexual and racially questionable content. Roc-A-Fella

Records and "Touch the Sky" video director Chris Milk are also named

as defendants in the lawsuit. Knievel,

68, claims the video disgraced him and accuses Kanye West of ripping his image

apart. The

video, which stars actress Pamela Anderson Lee, features Kanye West as a fictional

stuntman named "Evel Kanyevel" attempting to jump a canyon. Evel Knievel’s

lawyer Richard Fee claims the video is a recreation of Knievel’s failed attempt

to jump the Snake River Canyon in Western Wyoming in 1974."In

my opinion, this video maybe reflects West and his way of life, but it’s sure

not mine," Knievel told the St. Petersburg Times. "I don’t want

my children or my grandchildren associated with this kind of thing…I want it

stopped."Knievel

is also seeking royalties and an injunction to prevent Kanye West from using Evil

Knievel’s image in the future. The single and video for "Touch the Sky"

are taken from West’s triple platinum album, Late Registration.West

and the "Touch the Sky" video were subject of controversy last month

at the MTV Europe Music Awards. The

rapper burst onto the stage as Justice and Simian were being awarded Best Video

and went into a tirade over losing in the category. West

later apologized to Justice and Simian for his antics.

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