Mick Mars, the lead guitarist of the iconic heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, has filed a lawsuit against the band over the use of his name and likeness for commercial purposes. The lawsuit, which was filed on Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that the band has been using Mars’ name and image to promote merchandise and other products without his permission, thereby violating his right of publicity.
According to the lawsuit, the band’s unauthorized use of Mars’ name and likeness has caused him to suffer “emotional distress, embarrassment, and humiliation.” The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and an injunction to prevent the band from continuing to use Mars’ name and likeness without his permission.
Mars, who joined Mötley Crüe in 1981, has been an integral part of the band’s success, contributing to some of their most iconic songs, including “Kickstart My Heart” and “Girls, Girls, Girls.” He has also been a consistent presence in the band’s live shows and has been featured in many of their music videos.
The lawsuit comes at a time when Mötley Crüe is planning a reunion tour, which was originally scheduled for 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The band, which also includes Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Vince Neil, has not yet responded to the lawsuit.