Epic Games is in hot water, and yes, it’s about dancing in Fortnite—again.
According to a recent report from TMZ, Alfonso Ribiero, former star of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has filed a lawsuit against the publisher for the use of his iconic Carlton Banks dance that was popularized on the sitcom.
The actor’s attorney, David Hecht of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP, said “Mr. Ribiero’s likeness and intellectual property have been misappropriated by Epic Games in the most popular video game currently in the world, Fortnite.” According to Hecht, the lawsuit alleges that Epic never asked Ribiero for permission to use the dance and have not compensated him.
For those outside the world of Fortnite, in January a “Fresh” emote was added to the popular multiplayer shooter that is nearly identical to Ribiero’s famous dance. As seen in the video below, the actor’s moves next to the Fortnite character make it rather hard to overlook the comparison.
Ribiero has also sued Take-Two and 2K Games for the same reason, claiming the dances used in the NBA 2K series stole his likeness and moves. Interestingly, Ribiero isn’t the only one turning to Hecht’s law firm for help. It was recently reported by PC Gamer that Russell Horning, also known on Instagram as Backpack Kid, has filed a suit against Epic for its “Floss” emote. Players might remember the teen performing a strange dance—”The Russell”—with Katy Perry during a 2017 episode of Saturday Night Live. Horning believes his dance was used by Epic to create the previously mentioned emote.
However, Ribiero and Horning weren’t the first stars to go after Fortnite‘s dances. Also represented by the same law firm, rapper 2 Milly accused Epic of stealing his Milly Rock dance and using it for the “Swipe It” emote.
Epic Games has yet to comment on the legal proceedings, but with more celebrities piling on, it’s only a matter of time before the publisher has to face the backlash head-on.
Fortnite is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, iOS, and Android.