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Alfonso Ribeiro is not playing with the creators of Fortnite. He is currently suing Epic Games for jacking his famous “Carlton Dance” from the hit show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Alfonso tells TMZ that Fortnite released a new dance for its players characters to perform called the “Fresh emote,” which is exactly the “Carlton Dance” that he created for the 90s show. He is currently in the middle of copyrighting the dance.
Alfonso’s attorney, David Hecht of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP, tells us, “It is widely recognized that Mr. Ribeiro’s likeness and intellectual property have been misappropriated by Epic Games in the most popular video game currently in the world, Fortnite.”
He continues, “Epic has earned record profits off of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like “Fresh.” Yet Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property.”
Written by Clarke Jones