‘RHOP’ Stars Gizelle Bryant & Robyn Dixon Want Eminem To Sit For Deposition After Rapper Argued Their Podcast ‘Reasonably Shady’ Was Too Similar To His Popular Moniker ‘Slim Shady’
Things have gotten even “shadier” between ‘The Real Housewives of Potomac’ stars Gizelle Bryant, Robyn Dixon, and rapper Eminem!
According to a new report from RadarOnline, Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon have filed a new motion demanding Eminem be questioned under oath.
If you didn’t know, the ongoing legal battle ensued after Eminem opposed Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon’s trademark application for their joint podcast, ‘Reasonably Shady,‘ earlier this year.
The ‘Not Afraid’ lyricist, widely known by his alternate stage name ‘Slim Shady,’ argued that the name of Bryant and Dixon’s digital entity could (possibly) prompt listeners and consumers of their merch to believe that the popular show had been sponsored by him.
Along with his exclusive right to ‘Slim Shady,’ Eminem made it known that he holds the registration for ‘Shady’ in Class 025, which permitted him official usage of the term for apparel purposes.
His attorney wrote in a statement,
“[Dixon and Bryant’s] mark REASONABLY SHADY simply looks and sounds like SHADY and suggests that it represents the services of [Eminem]. REASONABLY SHADY so resembles Opposer’s mark SLIM SHADY, SHADY, and the mark SHADY LIMITED in terms of appearance, sound, and commercial impression as to be likely, when applied to [Dixon and Bryant’s] goods, to cause confusion and mistake and to deceive.”
Following Eminem’s disapproval of Bryant and Dixon’s business move, the ladies submitted a rebuttal.
In the documents, Bryant and Dixon (reportedly) denied any knowledge of the hip-hop artist’s ownership of the phrase and disputed his claims that ‘Reasonably Shady’ would serve as a direct conflict with his decades-long brand.
Additionally, the reality TV personalities have now sought a mandate from the United States Patent and Trademark Office that would call Eminem (himself) to the stand after he (seemingly) refused the initial request.
Retrieved paperwork showed Bryant and Dixon alleging that the 51-year-old suggested going for a deposition would be “highly burdensome” and felt that it would be best if one of his employees attended on his behalf instead.
Bryant and Dixon referred to Eminem’s pushback as a “strain” on his “credibility” due to the iconic rhymer claiming that his empire’s spokesperson would have “a better understanding” of the technicalities regarding the matter of his reputation.
Ultimately, the Bravo leads accused Eminem of pulling the “I’m too famous” card as a way to skate around the process. Their lawyer said,
“An assertion of [Eminem] being too busy will not be enough to avoid having to sit for a deposition.”
“As [Dixon and Bryant], both celebrities in their own right, have provided the courtesy of sitting for deposition for [Eminem], it is not overly burdensome for [Eminem] to extend the same courtesy for his obligation.”
A ruling has yet to be determined.
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