*Who knew the word “yup” could get you taken to court?
According to reports, Trey Songz is being sued by “Storage Wars” star, Dave ‘The Mogul’ Hester over the catchphrase, “Yuuup!”
The two actually had a disagreement in the past about it, when Songz sent a cease and desist letter to Hester, demanding he refrain from using the phrase on the show.
Just a little background: If you’ve ever watched “Storage Wars,” this guy yells, “Yuuup” when he makes a bid at an auction. It’s common.
Anyway, the singer also told Hester to stop sales of branded merchandise that read “Yuuup!” which he claims has been his “signature sound” since 2009.
So, now Hester is taking Songz to court, says the New York Post.
In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court, Hester contends that Songz version of the phrase “resembles an animal-like or non-human squeal which begins with a distinct ‘yeeee’ sound before finishing with a squeal-like ‘uuuup’ sound,” which is “distinct and different from Hester’s more monosyllabic sounding guttural auction bidding phrase … which is meant to convey the meaning of ‘yes.’”
By the way, Hester claims he trademarked the phrase back in September.
*Good grief, it’s come to this. Marion “Suge” Knight, the former Death Row Records boss man, who previously filed for bankruptcy in 2006 and has been faced with legal troubles over the past few years, saw his possessions auctioned off on the A&E show “Storage Wars,” where participants in a niche industry buy storage lockers that have gone into default and resell them to the highest bidder.
Custom-made clothing, a flat screen TV, and a large photo of Knight and Tupac Shakur, which went for $100; were among Suge’s things that sold on the show, which premiered this past week. Knight had been seven months late on his payment for the storage space in Simi Valley, Calif.
The auction could help Knight, who’s in deep doo-doo with the IRS. The government claims the used-to-be-mogul owes them a whopping $6.58 million in unpaid taxes! And seeing as to how he supposedly only makes $1200 a month, it’s a mystery how he’s supposed to pay it back. By the way, his monthly income was revealed after his ex went after him for unpaid child support.
Meanwhile, the problems don’t stop for Suge. He was busted by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department late Friday evening (Dec. 3) after a $40,000 bench warrant was issued for his failure to show up in an L.A. court.
Knight was subsequently booked at a West Hollywood police station shortly around 1:15AM. He was then given a citation and ordered to sign a promise to appear before being released.