Richard Pryor’s Wife Sues T-Shirt Company For $5 Million For Using The Comic Icon’s Image

January 22, 2015  |  

The wife of the late comic icon Richard Pryor is suing a T-shirt company for using his image without authorization.

According to Jennifer Lee Pryor, Fret Shirt used a picture of Pryor emblazoned with the word “Swag” without her permission. So she’s suing to stop production of the shirts as well as for a piece of the profits. Well, it’s more than a piece–Pryor also wants $5 million in damages, reports TMZ.

Fret Shirt is known for its irreverent tees, and has in the past used the likeness of Breaking Bad and Calvin And Hobbes, reports AV Club.

In court docs, Pryor’s widow says that the comedian won numerous Grammys and Emmys in his legendary career, and that the T-shirt and term “swag” belittle these accomplishments.

The shirt’s official description says it is a tribute to the late Pryor. It reads:  “This great shirt is a great tribute to one of comedy’s iconic legends… From his revolutionary style of stand-up comedy to movies like Stir Crazy, Richard Pryor definitely had SWAG!”

In other Pryor news, many are awaiting the publication of  Scott Saul’s biography Becoming Richard Pryor, which The Washington Post calls “the most detailed and rigorously researched work on the comic’s life and performances.” While this might be so, it is not a complete biography, ending with Pryor’s 1980 accident, which caused severe third degree burns.

Pryor died in 2005.

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