Val Kilmer is throwing shade at the artist suing him over a golden tumbleweed.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Kilmer is asking a judge to dismiss all claims against him in the lawsuit.
The actor was sued by a man named Bale Creek Allen, who accuses him of selling knockoffs of his work. He took issue with a golden tumbleweed sculpture Kilmer created.
In newly filed court documents, Kilmer argues Allen didn’t create anything original. He says, “Although Allen’s process is undoubtedly pain-staking and takes a high degree of skill, his resulting sculptures are replicas of tumbleweeds from nature— except covered in gold.”
Kilmer argues, “even if Plaintiff Allen added authorial contributions to the natural tumbleweed in his copyright registration and Complaint, Defendant Kilmer could only have infringed if he had copied Allen’s exact copyrighted tumbleweed sculpture. It is plain from the allegations of the Complaint (and from the above pictures included in the Complaint) that Kilmer did not. Kilmer may have taken the idea of gilding a tumbleweed from Allen, but it is axiomatic that copyright does not protect an idea, only the particular original expression of an idea.”