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Fortnite: Rapper 2 Milly hires lawyers to sue Epic Games for using his ‘Milly Rock’ dance as an emote

Published: 1/Dec/2018 0:30 Updated: 1/Dec/2018 1:39

by Albert Petrosyan

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Popular rapper 2 Milly is looking to pursue legal action against Epic Games for using his ‘Milly Rock’ dance as part of an emote in Fortnite Battle Royale.

The music artist has hired the legal services of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP to sue Epic Games for using his dance without permission.

The Milly Rock dance, known as ‘Swipe It’ in Fortnite, is an emote that players can purchase through the Item Shop and use in-game.

The in-game emote is identical to the rapper’s iconic dance, and according to 2 Milly, Epic should have asked for permission and offered him compensation for using his dance.

“I was never compensated by Epic Games for their use of the ‘Milly Rock.’ They never even asked for my permission,” he said in a statement. “I am thrilled to have David Hecht and his team at Pierce Bainbridge representing me to help right this wrong.”

“This isn’t the first time that Epic Games has brazenly misappropriated the likeness of African-American talent. Our client Lenwood ‘Skip’ Hamilton is pursuing similar claims against Epic for use of his likeness in the popular ‘Cole Train’ character in the Gears of Wars video game franchise. Epic cannot be allowed to continue to take what does not belong to it.”

These were the words of David L. Hecht, partner at Pierce Bainbridge, who will be representing 2 Milly in his pursuit of claims against Epic. 

David L. Hecht will be representing 2 Milly as he looks to pursue legal action against Epic Games.

2 Milly originally voiced his concerns back in July, when he publicly criticized Epic for using his dance as an emote in Fortnite. Even back then he was open to the idea of pursuing legal action, which has finally come to fruition.

“I just feel like the appropriate thing to do is compensate me with a fair amount for my addition to the game,” he told Kotaku at the time.

The topic came up again two weeks ago, when 2 Milly again commented on the issue: “Everybody was just like ‘Yo your dance is in the game.’ They actually sell that particular move. It’s for purchase. That’s when I really was like… oh nah, this can’t go on too long.”

2 Milly’s Milly Rock dance became a sensation after the rapper released a song by the same name.

The rapper is one of numerous popular music artists who have come out over the past few months to publicly denounce Epic’s methods, although he is the first one to actually pursue claims.

Now that he has lawyered up, it may motivate others to do the same, including the likes of global music icon Chance the Rapper. 

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Nessa Barrett hits back at claims she was shading Mads Lewis

Published: 25/Oct/2020 2:17 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 2:55

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Nessa Barrett has been accused of throwing Mads Lewis some shade after hiding comments from fans on Twitter suggesting the two collaborate, but the TikTok star has hit back and claimed nothing was shady about it at all.

Nessa Barrett and Mads Lewis were inseparable once upon a time. The two of them were an unstoppable force, with millions of fans between them across Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.

Unfortunately, it seems like their friendship came to a bitter end after Nessa Barrett stopped following Mads Lewis on social media and deleted the many pictures she had of them posing together.

However, Mads is still following Nessa on Instagram and hasn’t taken down their pictures together, which had led to their fans and followers believing the bitterness is one-sided. Some have even speculated that their falling out might tie into the drama between Nessa and Chase Hudson.

Either way, it seems like something happened between them. Now, Nessa Barrett has been accused of adding more fuel to the fire after many claimed she shaded her ex-best friend once again.

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Nessa Barrett and Mads Lewis were the best of friends.

Did Nessa Barrett shade Mads Lewis on Twitter?

Nessa Barrett posted a harmless Tweet stating, “Feature ideas for a song or just curious.” However, many of her followers weren’t sure what she meant and chimed in with countless collaboration suggestions.

A portion of them rummaged through a list of replies she had hidden and discovered Mads Lewis was a common denominator. “Pleasure feature Avani or Mads or Josh,” wrote one fan. “MADS,” and “Madison Lewis,” wrote two others.

 

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Some of them found it a little odd and claimed it was another example of her throwing Mads Lewis some shade.

This prompted Nessa Barrett to respond, saying, “A lot of [people] didn’t know what I meant and were commenting song ideas to my tweet so I liked the first one that I saw was actually giving me feature ideas,” she said.

 “Nothing [about] this was supposed to be shady,” she added. “I just liked the first one that I saw.”

 

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Needless to say, the situation and her response sparked a bit of division on social media.

Some believe there is unquestionable truth in her words, and the whole situation has been blown way out of proportion.

Others claim it’s pretty clear Nessa Barrett wasn’t keen on seeing Mads Lewis name in the suggestions, so she filtered them out.

Either way, it seems like the falling out is still fresh, and they won’t be mending their friendship anytime soon. However, time heals all wounds, and many mutual fans would love to see them reunited once again down the track.