Rapper TIEN and his wife Tameka “tiny” Harris is suing a toy maker for using his stepdaughter’s image in a series of dolls, which they say ripped off her appearance while working in the rap group. OMG girl.
In April 2022, Zonnique PullinsTI’s stepdaughter, accused the doll company’s OMG Dolls of stealing the aesthetic ideas of OMG Girlz, a group she joined during her teenage years, Shade roomNick Fenley wrote to obscene words at that time.
Harris family sues toy company for ripping off stepdaughter’s ex-Rap group ‘OMG Girlz’ looks
Now, it appears the Harris family is moving forward with a lawsuit against the company, MGA Entertainment, following the recent filing of federal court documents in Santa Ana, California, reported by reporter Meghann Cuniff tweeted on Thursday.
The Harris’ will go to court to defend the intellectual property rights of former female rap group OMG Girlz, Cuniff reported. Presiding over the trial will be Senior United States District Judge James V. Selna.
Coming to federal court in Santa Ana, California: Rapper TI and his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, will go to court to defend the intellectual property rights of former female rap girl group OMG Girlz in a lawsuit against the toy maker MGA Entertainment. pic.twitter.com/5yTN39AHA
– Meghann Cuniff (@meghanncuniff) January 5, 2023
TI’s stepdaughter is in OMG Girlz, as is Lil Wayne’s daughter.
In an Instagram post Zonnique made in April, she polled her followers on the matter, letting them choose between “Hope you get paid” and ” No, don’t see (the similarity)”.
About 95% of respondents sided with Pullins.
The trial itself will revolve around the MGA’s OMG Dolls and whether they violate OMG Girlz. The doll maker was actually the first to sue in 2020, but now TI and Tiny have hit out with a counterclaim.
Cuniff reports the lawsuit has “major issues of racism and cultural appropriation being considered in the case, among other pre-trial issues,” she tweeted.
“There was talk about TI’s criminal history, and about Tiny making a t-shirt with her daughter on it,” Cuniff tweeted about the pre-trial issues being discussed with Judge Selna.
A person familiar with the case is said to have told Cuniff last night: “There are millions of damn dolls.”
31 specific dolls have issues in the upcoming test, meaning there will be 31 ‘small trials’ for each doll
On Friday, Cuniff reported that 31 dolls would be put on trial. An attorney for the MGA says that means 31 small trials, as each doll’s aesthetic origins are fully explored.
Cuniff also notes that this is the second time in three weeks Shade room mentioned in court documents.
In this case, the legal document states that Shade room “expressed strong support for the search for familiarity between OMG Girlz and OMG Dolls.”
What do you think, Roomies? Does the Harris family have a claim against the toy company? Or is it just pure coincidence that the dolls are so similar to OMG Girlz?