UPDATED 12/17 5:43 ET: TMZ reports that Ribeiro has also filed a lawsuit against the creators of the popular NBA 2K series.
Alfonso Ribeiro is the latest celebrity building a case against Fortnite over an appropriated dance move. According to TMZ, the former Fresh Prince star is suing Epic Games for allegedly stealing the signature “Carlton Dance” he created while playing Carlton Banks.
Ribeiro alleges the company is using and selling the dance under the “Fresh” emote, which is like—come on, Epic Games. If you’re going to steal at least be a little more creative. The move became available for purchase on Jan. 2, 2018. Ribeiro claims he’s in the process of copyrighting the dance right now.
If you don’t remember, this is the dance move in question:
“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,” his lawyer David Hecht told TMZ. “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.”
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