Movie legend Clint Eastwood has sued companies that he allegedly used his likeness fraudulently to sell products containing an ingredient derived from the cannabis plant.
The 90-year-old Hollywood director and actor says his name was used incorrectly in advertisements promoting CBD oil and other products.
False information online claimed that according to two California lawsuits, Eastwood had withdrawn from the film industry and was now focusing on his CBD business.
However, one of the lawsuits reads, “Mr. Eastwood has no association with the manufacture, promotion and / or sale of CBD products and never has.”
According to legal documents, Eastwood has “fiercely protected” his name and image and has rarely advertised other products alongside his films.
Lawyers acting on behalf of Eastwood, known for playing tough boy roles in movies like Dirty Harry and Pale Rider, added, “Like many of his most famous characters, Mr. Eastwood isn’t afraid to deal with misconduct and hold him accountable for those who are illegally trying to take advantage of his name. ‘
The veteran Hollywood star is seeking millions of dollars in damages, a price that “would be enough to deter defendants’ illegal behavior in the future.”
He is suing companies based in Florida, California and Michigan, and alleged violations, including trademark infringement and false approval.
Alleged crimes “amount to a willful and deliberate disregard of Mr. Eastwood’s rights and are deliberately designed to take advantage of the goodwill, recognition and fame” associated with the actor, according to one of the lawsuits.
Eastwood is a double Oscar winner for directing the films Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby.