Simply the Best Lawsuit

Written by Alexander Fewtrell | November 30, 2021

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You may remember that last month I wrote about Tina Turner selling her music rights to publishing company BMG for a cool $50m. Just a few weeks later and Tina is back in the news, this time going after a lookalike.

Dorothea ‘Coco’ Fletcher, who is just in her 30s, is facing legal action from the star for her unofficial tribute show based in Germany and called none other than Simply The Best.

Turner’s lawyers claim that Fletcher managed to make herself look so much like the music behemoth in promotional posters that fans could mistakenly believe the real Tina Turner is in the show.

Fletcher seemed unphased by it and said: “I think this whole thing is them trying to stuff out the competition, we all want to pay tribute to Tina Tuner she is just such a big person in the lives of women and men as well, we pay tribute to her and our musical does that through her music.”

“I never thought our tribute to her would cause such a fuss, but on the other hand, we must be doing something right!’”. It sounds like Fletcher is happy about it if anything. I guess as the old saying goes: there is no such thing as bad publicity.

It looks like there will be a judgment on this one coming up and I will be keeping an eye on it to see how it plays out, so watch this space.

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Written by Alex Fewtrell, Associate

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