Actor-Director Celebrates 'Powerful Message' of Judgment Against "CBD" Company That Falsely Claimed Supporting Gummy Candy Line
The iconic star, and the company that controls the rights to his legendary image, won $ 6,1 million in a lawsuit filed on Friday against a Lithuanian company that allegedly used the Oscar-winning actor-director's face to make it look like he approved of CBD dietary supplements.
According to a New York Times article, the first trial has was filed in July 2020 in federal court in Los Angeles against three CBD manufacturers and distributors who claimed in an article posted online that the Hollywood star was identified with them.
These "crooks" just brightened up Clint Eastwood's day.
"I'm happy with the court's decision," Eastwood, 91, told The Post on Monday, "and I think this judgment sends a strong message to other online crooks who may be trying to illegally use the name and reputation of someone to sell their products. "
Judge R. Gary Klauser of the United States District Court for the Central District of California awarded Mr. Eastwood and representatives of the Garrapata Society damages for the unauthorized use of the name and image of the star of the film "the good, the bad and the ugly" after Mediatonas UAB did not respond to a summons dating back to March.
According to the New York Times, the company also had to cover Eastwood's $ 95 in fees. She will never again be able to call on him to promote her products based on cannabidiol (a non-toxic compound of the cannabis sativa plant).
“Over a career spanning more than 60 years, Mr. Eastwood has earned a reputation for honesty, hard work, integrity and public service,” his lawyer, Jordan Susman, told the Post. “He's also ready to do what's right and what's right. By pursuing this case and securing this judgment, Mr. Eastwood has once again demonstrated his willingness to confront wrongdoing and hold accountable those who attempt to illegally profit from his name, image and funds. of business ".
Eastwood, whose last film, "Cry Macho," hit theaters in September, first filed for several lawsuits in July 2020 after rumors spread that he was abandoning Hollywood to sell CBD products. . In February, Eastwood's legal team amended the complaint to target Mediatonas UAB, the company that owns the websites on which the fake news appeared.
The sites shared an online "interview" in which the "Million Dollar Baby" director claimed his new role as a CBD salesman gave him "something bigger than movies."
“It was a really, really tough decision for me,” Eastwood reportedly said of his decision to leave Hollywood to become a CBD seller.
The article was accompanied by a photo of Eastwood during an appearance on NBC's "Today" show, along with the show's logo and fake testimonials about the effectiveness of the non-existent CBD product line. from Eastwood from his Hollywood buddies Terry Bradshaw, Sam Elliott, Michael J. Fox and Garth Brooks.
"Mr. Eastwood has no connection whatsoever with CBD products and has never given such an interview," the original court documents say.
At the same time, despite his $ 6,1 million judgment in favor of Mr Eastwood, Mr Klausner did not grant the full libel claim on Friday because it did not appear to be "defamatory at first glance." He wrote in his ruling, “It takes some extra context to understand what CBD products are and why someone like Clint Eastwood wouldn't endorse a marijuana product. "