news

Kylie and Kendall Jenner are now being sued over those ill-considered t-shirts.

A commercial photographer has sued Kendall and Kylie Jenner over the use of two of his images of late rapper Tupac Shakur that were used on T-shirts the sisters briefly sold for $US125 ($A164) apiece.

Michael Miller sued the Jenner sisters in a Los Angeles federal court for copyright infringement over the “vintage” T-shirts that featured their likeness or designs superimposed over photos of famous musicians. Miller’s suit states the Jenners never sought permission to use his photos.

The sisters’ brand Kendall + Kylie stopped selling the shirts last month after Ozzy Osbourne’s wife and the mother of the late rapper Notorious B.I.G, criticised them.

Biggie Smalls’ mother, Voletta Wallace, was deeply offended, voicing her disappointment on Instagram.

“I am not sure who told @kyliejenner and @kendalljenner that they had the right to do this. The disrespect of these girls to not even reach out to me or anyone connected to the estate baffles me. I have no idea why they feel they can exploit the deaths of 2pac and my Son Christopher to sell a t-shirt. This is disrespectful, disgusting, and exploitation at its worst!!!”

ADVERTISEMENT

Julian K Petty, a lawyer for the estate of Biggie Smalls, served a cease-and-desist letter to the Jenners.

According to TMZ, he wrote:“This is misappropriation at its finest. I’m curious to hear the justification. I’m even more curious to hear the proposed resolution.”

Fans were also quick to criticise the sisters for the designs, with one writing, “these artists are icons and you plastered your narcissistic faces on them in an attempt to rip off your fans”.

In the wake of fierce backlash, both sisters tweeted out an apology, writing they would pull the line immediately and apologise to the families of the artists who expressed their distaste.

“These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologize to anyone that has been upset and/or offended, especially to the families of the artists. We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in any way. The t-shirts have been pulled from retail and all images removed.

“We will use this opportunity to learn from these mistakes, and again, we are very sorry,” the apology read.

Emails sent to the Jenners’ publicists were not immediately returned Friday.

Miller is seeking at least $US150,000 apiece for the use of his photos.

– With AAP

FROM OUR NETWORK
00:00 / ???