Pastor Shirley Caesar Files $5M Lawsuit Over #UNameItChallenge
Pastor Shirley Caesar got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes…but she also has a new lawsuit!
The legendary gospel singer has filed a $5 million lawsuit against DJ Suede over the #UNameItChallenge claiming viral video is an unauthorized use of her sermon and song and it’s damaging her brand and her wallet.
Caesar, a Grammy-award winning gospel artist and preacher, says the video in question was posted by Gwinnett County’s DJ Suede in November, after the so-called #UNameItChallenge went viral.
Her legal team is alleging the video is worth more than $5 million in losses.
Caesar’s lead attorney, James Walker, saying a judge agrees with Caesar’s claim that at least one of DJ Suede’s videos needed to be taken down.
Walker said the judge decided the video, which is linked below, and its several images of alcohol “violate the brand, image and name of a Christian pastor”, referring to Caesar.
Walker said, as of Thursday evening, the video was still up.
Judge Glenda Hatchett, the former juvenile court judge — now a high-profile Atlanta-area attorney is working with Walker’s office on the case — alleges the song jeopardized a deal her client, Caesar, was working on with famed rapper Snoop Dogg, also known as Snoop Lion. They said the proceeds from that deal would have gone to help the hungry.
“DJ Suede and his management were in conversations with her lawyer. They didn’t reach an agreement and they put it out anyway,” Hatchett said.
Walker says an initial remix of the video, also shown below, was a hit with Caesar and her family. During the craze of the “You Name it Challenge”, it was one of many that were posted on social media.
“Unknown to us, he made the second video,” Walker said.
That video, a full-fledged production which was sold on iTunes, is the one at the center of the injunction filed against DJ Suede, Jullian Boothe and Empire Distribution.
The version made by Snoop, also posted below was a clean version made in the midst of the craze as well. Walker said the goal of that video was to send a message to other people on the internet “Snoop did his clean version to send the message that ‘this is Shirley Caesar’, We need to honor her,'” he said.
Here’s the version of the video that Pastor Caesar’s attorney wants taken down:
To add insult to injury, DJ Suede was selling the remix on iTunes!
Despite her lawsuit, Shirley Caesar cashed in on the #UNameItChallenge by selling merch on her newly launched website, UNameItShirley.com.
The case goes before a judge on December 21.