Studio and Missouri tattoo artist reach out-of-court agreement
Rest assured (or remain unsettled); when "The Hangover Part II" makes its way to DVD release, the infamous Mike Tyson tattoo will remain scrawled across Ed Helms' mug.
Missouri-based tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill has settled his lawsuit against Warner Bros. over the use of the tattoo in the film, Whitmill's attorney and Warner Bros.
Studios have confirmed to TheWrap. In his suit, Whitmill claimed that the tattoo used in the film infringed on his copyright of a tattoo that he had designed for former boxer Mike Tyson.
“Warner Bros. and Mr. Whitmill have amicably resolved their dispute. No other information will be provided,” the studio and Whitmill's attorney said in a joint statement released to TheWrap.
Though Whitmill, who filed the lawsuit in April, was unsuccessful in getting the May theatrical release of the film blocked, Warner Bros. had said that it would digitally alter the tattoo in the home-video release unless a settlement was reached.
Since its release, "The Hangover Part II" has been one of the most successful R-rated comedies of all time, raking in more than $130 million in the first five days of its release.