Singer and television personality Chanel West Coast said Wednesday she was “surprised and disappointed” by a lawsuit filed against her by actress Sharon Stone, who claims the aspiring rapper used her name and likeness without authorization for a song titled “Sharon Stoned.”
Stone filed a lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles federal court, accusing Chanel West Coast — whose real name is Chelsea Dudley — of using the actress’ name “for commercial purposes without her consent.”
In a statement issued Wednesday, Dudley said, “I am very surprised and disappointed in the filing of this lawsuit.” She said the song and its accompanying video were an “homage” to Stone, and insisted that Stone was aware of the song when it was being produced and had originally agreed to take part in the video filming.
“Sharon pulled out of participating in the music video the day of the shoot after months of conversations, in-person meetings with myself and the director, two dance rehearsals and even had her own ideas that she shared with myself and my team for the collaborative on the video,” Dudley said. “To be frank, the entire production team and myself were surprised when she walked off.
“Nonetheless, the shoot proceeded,” she said. “I am an artist who was expressing myself through music by making a song and video about someone whom I greatly admire. I only had the best intentions to create something visually amazing that highlights Sharon Stone as well as myself, and for that I have done nothing wrong.”
Stone’s lawsuit claims the actress “did not authorize or give permission or consent to defendants, or any of them, to use Sharon Stone’s name, likeness, image, identity or persona in connection with the song, video, commercial endorsements, products or otherwise.”
“The song gratuitously and repeatedly uses the name `Sharon Stone’ in its lyrics,” according to the lawsuit. “More than one-quarter of the song’s length … consists of nothing more than defendant Dudley repeatedly saying the name `Sharon Stone’ in mantra-like repetition. During the song, defendant Dudley gratuitously repeats the name `Sharon Stone’ thirty-three times and the name `Sharon’ ninety-nine times.”
The suit seeks an injunction barring the singer from using Stone’s name or likeness and seeks unspecified damages and attorneys’ fees.