Friday, February 13, 2009

Not hanging out with all the boys - original cop sues Village People

Victor Willis is probably the most famous member of the Village People, even if people don't know him by name - and even though he hasn't been in the group for decades.

Victor, you see, was the original cop, and the lead singer on the Village People's greatest hits. But he left after three years, and had a trouble life afterwards. On May 2, 2006, I wrote an Ontario Empoblog post that detailed Willis' various run-ins with the law. The article from which I quoted (no longer available) had this classic line: "This isn't the first time the former fake cop has run afoul of the law." (Village People fans might want to see my follow-up post.)

But Willis isn't happy with the Village People today:

Victor Willis, the original police officer in the initial group's lineup, is suing the new version of the band in order to get them to stop using his likeness and voice. He is seeking at least $1 million and a judge's order that they can no longer use his image or voice.
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