DJ Kool Herc Sues HBO Over Portrayal in 'Vinyl' Music Series

DJ Kool Herc Sues HBO Over Portrayal in 'Vinyl' Music Series

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DJ Kool Herc Sues HBO Over Portrayal in 'Vinyl' Music Series news
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DJ Kool Herc, one of the founders of hip-hop, is not happy with how he was portrayed in HBO’s popular music series, Vinyl, so now he’s taking legal action.

According to DNA Info New York, the 61-year-old musician, whose real name is Clive Campbell, filed legal documents on Tuesday (May 3) in a Manhattan Court. In his suit, Herc claims that the “Mr. Campbell” character on the show, whose “contribution to the development of hip-hop music,” is actually him.

Herc and his lawyers also stated that HBO offered Herc $10,000 for “waiving his rights and consultation services regarding the show,” but he declined to sign off on the offer. However, HBO denies the agreement was meant to get DJ Kool Herc’s permission to use his likeness in the show since he wasn’t portrayed in a negative light. The Bronx DJ is seeking more than $10,000 from HBO.

HBO has been receiving mixed reviews for their scripted series Vinyl, which is about the music industry in the 1970’s.

Hopefully, DJ Kool Herc and HBO can reached an agreement and settle this matter outside of the courtroom.

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