Another comic sues over false advertising

DL Hughley takes on Washington club

American comic DL Hughley is suing a Washington nightclub for $1.1million for falsely advertising that he was to appear there.

The 47-year-old’s actions action come in the week UK chain Jongleurs faces a similar legal challenge for using big-name stars such as Lee Evans and Michael McIntyre in its posters, years after they stopped playing the clubs.

Washington’s Zanzibar club advertised on radio and online that 47-year-old Hughley was to make a personal appearance at the club on Friday night.

However, his promoter Tracy Wiggs says neither he nor the star knew anything about it – so have filed a suit in Prince George's County Circuit Court, alleging fraud, invasion of privacy and misappropriation of his name and likeness.

Hughley's attorney Jimmy A. Bell told the Washington Post: ‘People called Tracy, saying, “Why’d your boy fake on us? We went to the club, he wasn't there.” This is what D.L. said to me, “I don’t ever want this to happen to me again.”’

The club has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Published: 30 Mar 2010

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