Words by: Rashad Grove
After announcing some good news that he’s working on his new album entitled Chapter 6, The Weeknd now must deal with some bad news. The Weeknd is being sued for using his alternative persona “Starboy” in a comic book. The lawsuit is being spearheaded from comic book writer Eymun Talasazan, who claims that he already created a comic book universe four years prior that “revolved around R&B and rap stars.” In 2017, Talasazan approached Abel Tesfaye’s team about including “Starboy” into his work following the release of the 2016 lead single from his third studio album of the same name.
As reported by TMZ on Thursday (Nov. 15), comic book creator Eymun Talasazan has filed a new suit, claiming the idea for The Weeknd’s comic book violates a trademark he had filed after the pair discussed collaborating on the project.
Talasazan’s lawyer, Kirk Schenck, told TMZ: “We are not sure why Marvel and/or The Weeknd’s representatives failed to file any trademark application for the use of Starboy for comic books and film/tv projects. If they really intended to use this word to identify goods or services in the comic book or film/tv classifications, they certainly should have.”
According to the report, Talasazan is suing The Weeknd for trademark infringement and wants the remaining copies of the singer’s comic book recalled.