Street Drummer Sues MTV Over Nicki Minaj Documentary
An NYC street drummer has filed a lawsuit against MTV and its parent company Viacom for using his image in their “My Time Now: Nicki Minaj” documentary.
Michael Savely, who is known as “Mike Alaska,” filed a suit in a New Jersey Federal Court Tuesday accusing the two companies of violating his privacy and tarnishing his image.
Savely appears for a brief second in the opening sequence of the film which shows him near a subway platform in a public area.
He says he never gave producers permission to use his image and the documentary has negatively affected his lifestyle including t-shirt sales and teaching jobs he uses as income.
In the lawsuit Savely describes his image as “modern” and “conservative” and slams Minaj for her “provocative style of dress, use of profanity and glorification of a “specific lifestyle.”
Minaj has yet to comment.
Does Mike Alaska have a point?
Check out Nicki’s “My Time Now” documentary below.