A few days ago, rapper Chanel West Coast, who wrote the song ‘Sharon Stoned’ got sued by Sharon Stone, as the famous actress is claiming that Chanel used her name and likeness for personal gain in the music video for the song.
The rapper could not hide her surprise and disappointment; ‘I created a song and video paying homage to her that Sharon was not only fully aware of but also in cooperation with. Sharon pulled out of participating in the music video the day of the shoot after months of conversations, in-person meetings with myself and the director, two dance rehearsals and even had her own ideas that she shared with myself and my team for the collaborative on the video. To be frank, the entire production team and myself were surprised when she walked off. Nonetheless, the shoot proceeded,’ declared Chanel. ‘I am an artist who was expressing myself through music by making a song and video about someone whom I greatly admire. I only had the best intentions to create something visually amazing that highlights Sharon Stone as well as myself and for that I have done nothing wrong.’
Chanel is positive, Stone was fully aware and involved with the process of ‘Sharon Stoned’ for almost a year, and after numerous conversations, rehearsals and collaborations on ideas, not only had Stone given her support and approval for Chanel to proceed but had, in fact, agreed to appear in the video. Stone even prepared for the shoot but suddenly and unexpectedly pulled out and left the studio.
Chanel, whose real name is Chelsea Chanel Dudley, also provided written and visual evidence supporting her claims, such as the photo above, taken at a dance studio during one of those rehearsals. The rapper also said she invested time, effort and a great deal of money in the production of the videowhich was ultimately completed without Sharon Stone.
Obviously, nobody knows exactly what happened except the people who are involved but, in a very diva and move, Stone’s lawsuit didn’t even mention her knowing Chanel! However, she is seeking a ‘preliminary and permanent injunction’ against the song and video.