Dolce & Gabbana can't catch a break. After designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were sentenced to jail time for tax evasion and then publicly dissed by a Milan city official (the designers closed all their Milan stores in protest), the company was probably hoping for an easy ride.
No such luck. Peter Fonda--writer, producer, and star of Easy Rider--is suing Dolce & Gabbana and Nordstrom for producing and selling graphic tees splashed with images from the iconic biker film, WWD is reporting. The tees in question featured Fonda in biker gear with the film's title without Fonda's permission.
The trade reports that Fonda claims he "suffered injuries to his peace, happiness, feelings, goodwill, reputation, image, loss of fair market value of his services, and dilution of his current and future publicity value," as a result of the tees.
Fonda is asking for at least $6 million in damages, which seems like a lot until you realize these t-shirts sold for up to $295 a pop. Dolce & Gabbana has not responded to the lawsuit yet; Nordstrom says they're "aware of the lawsuit and are reaching out to [their] vendor to determine next steps."
The shirt is no longer on Nordstrom's website, but if you're feeling inclined to spend over $100 on a graphic tee, the shirts are on sale at FarFetch.