Actress Tara Reid has launched a $100 million lawsuit at the producers of Sharknado. The Tara Reid slots lawsuit stems from the producers using her image without proper compensation.
The 43-year-old is suing Asylum Entertainment (producer) and SYFY Media Productions (publisher) for the amount. Her court documents accuse the companies of misappropriation of celebrity likeness regarding the Sharknado slot machine.
Reid goes on to allege the defendants licensed the rights to her image without owning it. The company gave her image to “manufacturers of slot machines, gambling products and beer makers.
“[The slots developer has] in turn have marketed their product with her likeness, and continue to wrongfully trade and profit therefrom.”
Reid’s History with the Sharknado Series
The Tara Reid slots case dates back to 2013, when she first began starring in the Sharknado series. She’s since appeared in every movie released in the franchise.
Asylum Entertainment and SYFY Media have lent her face to a line of slot machines. Reid is upset because she never gave permission for this, nor was she compensated.
The actress believes that the slots have made millions of dollars in profits. This is likely where her lofty asking price comes from.
Reid says that her contract specifically states her face can’t be used in Sharknado promotions if it relates to gambling, hygiene, tobacco, or sex products.
She wants $100 million on grounds that her appearance in the Sharknado slot machines has breached the contract. She also points to her deal specifically prohibiting her likeness being used in a gambling product.
Most slot machine lawsuits revolve around players who were denied jackpots by casinos. Reid’s lawsuit is unique because it involves movie producers giving her image to a third-party slots producer.
It’s difficult to determine which way this case will go given the lack of precedent.