Tina Turner Sues Impersonator For Looking Too Much Like Her
Written by Rika C on November 18, 2021
There can only be one Tina Turner and the legendary singer is letting that be known! Ms. Tina is suing a tribute act based in Germany for looking too much like her, according to the Daily Mail. Tina’s lawyers argue that professional impersonator Dorothea “Coco” Fletcher, who is in her 30s, looks so much like Tina in promotional posters that fans may mistakenly think she’s the real thing and believe they’re actually paying to see Tina.
Fletcher performs in an unofficial tribute show called “Simply The Best.” The case has now reached Germany’s Federal Court of Justice, which is set to make a ruling that could affect the multi-billion-dollar tribute act industry as the defendant, Cofo Entertainment, is a German firm that represents Fletcher and a host of other tribute acts.
Tina first hopped on the issue when the posters for “Simply The Best” were released. She filed a suit against the company, which is based in Bavaria, and celebrated a victory with her legal team after a court in Cologne ruled the posters could indeed be misleading to the public.
After that, the posters were re-designed and Tina lost a follow-up case at the Cologne Court of Appeals, which ruled that the risk of confusion among the public did not outweigh Fletcher’s right of artistic expression in regard to the posters.
The legal battle has now reached the Federal Court of Justice.