REUTERS: Jack Ass says “Jackass” has given him a bad name.
A Montana man who legally changed his name to “Jack Ass” in 1997 has sued media giant Viacom Inc., claiming its stunt-heavy, gross-out TV show and movie “Jackass” had defamed his character.
In a suit filed in November in Montana and posted this week on a legal Web site, Jack Ass, who said he changed his name to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving and responsible choices, claimed Viacom was “liable for injury to my reputation that I have built and defamation of my character which I have worked so hard to create.”
The suit asks for damages of $10 million or more. Jack Ass is representing himself.
Jack Ass, a journeyman power lineman by trade, said he changed his name from Bob Craft in late 1997 as part of a personal crusade against drunk driving after his brother and a friend were killed in a car crash. Theirs was the only vehicle involved.[…]
Jack Ass runs a Web site (www.andiass.com) centered around a donkey-like cartoon character “Andi Ass,” which touts T-shirts, baseball caps, souvenir beer bottles and a message of responsible drinking.
He also runs a not-for-profit service called Hearts Across America (www.heartsacrossamerica.org) that sells heart-shaped markers to be placed at the sites of fatal accidents involving drivers or power line workers, and for use in memorializing dead pets.
“I really want to emphasize the importance of this work,” he told Reuters.