The artist suing Val Kilmer for allegedly ripping off his sculpture says the actor is purposely hiding where he lives in an attempt to avoid being found.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the artist suing Kilmer is asking for an extension in the case because he can’t serve Kilmer with the suit.
The artist, Bale Allen, says despite numerous attempts to find the actor, he has been unsuccessful. He says Kilmer has a New Mexico home address and a California business address, which are listed in official records.
Upon investigation, Allen determined that the New Mexico address is just land and has no physical structure. The California business address for the actor’s art company turned out to be incorrect and the person at the location said Val Art was not a tenant.
The man accuses Kilmer of “deliberate obfuscation” by concealing his true addresses and is demanding an extension of time to serve him with the legal docs.
Kilmer has yet to respond to the allegations in the lawsuit.
Last year, Bale Allen sued Val Kilmer accusing him of ripping off his work. The man claims to have been selling gold-colored tumbleweed sculptures for years in art galleries around Texas and New Mexico.
Allen said at one point, Kilmer even approached him about buying the work but eventually said he couldn’t afford it. The artist says he then discovered Kilmer selling a knockoff of his work for $150,000.
In 2016, Kilmer made one piece which he claimed to have dipped in 22k gold and bronzed. He put it up for sale at a Los Angeles boutique.
Once he discovered the alleged knockoff, Allen reached out to Kilmer demanding he stop selling it but never heard back.
He sued seeking unspecified damages and a court order prohibiting the actor from selling any art that infringed on his copyrights.