Attorneys for Moschino filed a response to Wednesday’s Notice of Settlement U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, claiming that the fashion house and the plaintiff have yet to reach an agreement on all terms.
It is believed there was a financial agreement between Scott and Rime. Executives at Moschino declined comment, as did Rime’s attorney, Jeffrey Gluck.
Rime said, “I am glad the case is settled. I am very satisfied with the outcome. Modern graffiti is a form of art that deserves the same respect and legal protection that other forms of expression are entitled to.”
In last summer’s seven-claim filing, the graffiti artist, whose legal name is Joseph Tierney, claimed that Scott’s designs knocked off his art. In his defense, Rime included colorful images of Scott, who is Moschino’s creative director, and Katy Perry at the 2015 Met Gala wearing pieces that were said to be inspired by his street art. Rime alleged at that time that the idea of putting graffiti or street art on ultraexpensive clothing “was meant to provoke and generate publicity for the brand/designer.”
The suit alleged that Moschino “paid Perry to advertise and display the clothing at the gala, a high-profile party thrown annually by one of the nation’s most venerable institutions, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Not only did Perry and Scott advertise, wear and display the clothing at the event, they arrived at the event in a spray-painted Rolls Royce, and even carried around Moschino branded cans of fake spray paint during the event, as if defendants were responsible for the artwork.”
His lawyers contended that the collection and designs were mechanical copies of a giant mural called “Vandal Eyes” that Rime was commissioned to do on the side of a Detroit building and completed in 2012.
Last fall, Scott struck back and filed a declaration claiming that a graphic artist at Moschino “selected and created” the print in question.