The Weeknd Sued for Stealing ‘Starboy’ from Comic Book Writer

The Weeknd Sued for Stealing ‘Starboy’ from Comic Book Writer

The Weeknd

Sued for Stealing ‘Starboy’

From Comic Book Writer

11/14/2018 4:06 PM PST

EXCLUSIVE

The Weeknd‘s superhero alter ego, “Starboy,” was an idea stolen from another comic book creator … according to the lawsuit the author’s filed against the singer. 

Eymun Talasazan, the comic book writer, says he created a comic book universe in 2014 that revolved around R&B and rap stars. According to the suit, Eymun had convos with The Weeknd’s people in 2017 about folding “Starboy” into his comic book universe.

Remember, by that time Weeknd already had the hit song and album with the same name. 

Eymun says they never ended up working together. However, he says he did file for a trademark on Starboy — as a comic book hero — right around the time of his discussions with Weeknd’s peeps. 

Cut to 2018, when The Weeknd debuted his own comic book “Starboy” … in connection with Marvel. Eymun says the Marvel comic had a “near identical premise” as the one he pitched to Weeknd’s people the year before.

The Marvel connection is interesting because Eymun says he began collaborating with Stan Lee in 2016 on story arc and additional characters for his Starboy universe. 

He’s suing The Weeknd for trademark infringement, and wants all copies of the singer’s comic book recalled, impounded and destroyed.

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