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Toni Basil sues South Park and Disney over Mickey use

 
 
 
 
Toni Basil sues South Park and Disney over Mickey use

Toni Basil is suing South Park, Disney and a host of others, accusing them of using her hit single Mickey without permission.

She is demanding at least 750 dollars (£580) for every time her voice, name or image were used without consent over three decades, according to a lawsuit lodged in court in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The document, obtained by Hollywood industry website Deadline, shows she is also targeting a host of other companies over their use of Mickey, the world-wide hit written by British songwriter Nicky Chinn and long-term collaborator Mike Chapman.

Her lawyers write that she was unaware Mickey appeared in a 2008 South Park episode, referencing then candidate for US president Barack Obama, until January this year.

In the episode, a character chants over her song: “Obama you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind, hey Obama, hey Obama.”

She is suing The Walt Disney Company over the use of her song to promote a line of clothing.

The US singer, 73, claims to have suffered “sleep deprivation, nightmares and anxiety” over the use of Mickey and is demanding a jury trial.

Basil first released the single in the UK in 1981 where it peaked at number two but the track was originally recorded two years earlier by Weston-super-Mare pop group Racey under the title Kitty.

 

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