Rick Ross Sued for Allegedly Using Illegal Stage Name


Rick Ross


Former drug trafficker Ricky Ross files lawsuit against the rapper in order to gain sole rights to his name.

Rick Ross is facing possible legal action from former drug trafficker Ricky Ross, who has accused the rapper of exploiting his name to forge a career in hip-hop. The rap star - born William Leonard Roberts II - is said to have adopted his stage name from the former cocaine kingpin, who became infamous for running a drug empire in Los Angeles in the 1980s.

The ex-convict claims his lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to executives at music label Def Jam in 2006, after they signed Roberts, to protest "the exploitation and misuse of his name". He maintains he received no response from music bosses and claims the star went on to profit from the moniker "without his consent".

But now Ross, who was released from prison last year, wants sole rights to his name - and he's threatened to use "any means necessary" to regain control. A statement from his camp, issued to BallerStatus.com, reads: "It's no secret that the boss at FreewayEnterprise.com is unhappy with how his name has been exploited and misused since he went to prison in 1995, and in 2006, the above-named parties signed (William L. Roberts II) to a big record deal and then spent, and made, millions off Ross' name."

Ross was sentenced to life imprisonment but his jail time was reduced after a series of appeals.

© AceShowbiz.com


MORE FROM NEWS

Leave a Comment

Required fields are marked with *

   

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Mariah Carey Exposes Her Private Part as She Goes Commando in Short Dress
  2. Kendall Jenner Isn't Happy About That Rolls-Royce for Her Birthday? Here's Why
  3. Selena Gomez Steps Out With New Haircut at Hollywood Hot Spot
  4. Katie Holmes Finally Addresses Her 'Secret Relationship' With Jamie Foxx
  5. Mariah Carey's New Boyfriend Bryan Tanaka Admits He's 'Always Had a Thing' for Her
  6. Tiny Harris Fake Facebook Stirs Up Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Affair Rumor
  7. Billy Bob Thornton Wants to Reunite With Angelina Jolie Amid Brad Pitt Divorce
  8. New 'The Walking Dead' Photo Teases Graphic Scene for Carl in 'Sing Me a Song'
  9. Madonna Accused of Getting Butt Implants After Onstage Twerk With Ariana Grande
  10. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Live Under Different Roofs After He's Released From Hospital

CELEBS PHOTO