March 21st, 2012 by faye
Singer-songwriter Pitbull is appealing to the court that the lawsuit filed against him by actress Lindsay Lohan be dismissed, claiming that if Ryan Seacrest did not sue Pitbull after mentioning his name in a song, Lohan should not sue him as well.
According to reports, 25-year-old Lindsay Lohan sued Pitbull over “an alleged infringement of her publicity rights” after being mentioned in Pitbull’s 2011 song “Give Me Everything.” Lohan took offense at the lyric: “So, I’m toptoein’, to keep flowin’, I got it locked up, like Lindsay Lohan”, claiming that the line caused her “tremendous emotional distress” and damaged her name as “a professional actor of good repute.”
Now Pitbull and his lawyers have responded to the allegations of Lindsay Lohan in court, using the First Amendment as defense, mentioning the lyrics of Eminem and Crosby Stills,Nash & Young as examples of other artists singing about famous people.
“Sustaining Ms. Lohan’s allegations would lead to absurd results: the use of a celebrity’s name in any work of art – such as a song, poem or painting – would trigger liability,” said Pitbull in filed court papers.
Pitbull continued, “Indeed, if Ms. Lohan is allowed to proceed with her claim, every recording artist could be gagged and prevented from expressing his or her thoughts in songs, including the other recording artists who have referred to Ms. Lohan in their songs but whom she has not sued.”