Al Pacino and Robert De Niro to sue movie distributor

March 5th, 2009 - 12:43 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Al PacinoRobert De Niro and Al Pacino are going to sue against a movie distributor and a watch company they say used their likenesses without permission.

Both the actors, De Niro and Pacino said in the lawsuit filed in US District Court in Manhattan they had not authorised a commercial tie-in between Tutima watches and the movie ‘Righteous Kill.’ They sought unspecified damages.

Recently the two actors starred in the movie distributed by Overture Films LLC. The lawsuit names Overture and Tutima USA Inc as defendants.

In a statement, Overture said: ‘We are surprised by this action as Overture Films has not received any communication on this matter for months from Pacino, De Niro or their representatives. We take lawsuits very seriously and our legal team is addressing the issue.’ Tutima did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

The lawsuit said Overture entered into a commercial tie-in with Tutima and advertised Tutima’s watches using De Niro’s and Pacino’s names, voices and likenesses without their consent.

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