SCOTT’S SPECIAL SERVICE: Jeremy Scott’s camp declined comment Sunday regarding reports that the designer was served legal papers at the Sept. 8 premiere of his documentary “The People’s Designer” in Los Angeles.
Joseph Tierney, the street artist known as “Rime,” filed a seven-claim suit this summer in the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California alleging copyright infringement, among other things. Rime claims Scott appropriated elements of the “Vandal Eyes” mural he did on the side of a Detroit building in 2012 into this fall’s Moschino collection.
In a phone interview, a man claiming to be the process server Victor Johnson, whose name is listed and signed on a copy of the proof of service summons and complaint provided to WWD by Tierney’s law firm the Erickson Law Group, said that serving the papers to Scott at the TCL Chinese Theater was no easy task.
For starters, before giving Johnson the assignment, Tierney’s lawyers wanted to know if he knew who Katy Perry was, since the musician would be at the event with Scott. Johnson said he was told to use his imagination and to do his best.
“I live in Pasadena, about 20 miles away, and I didn’t want to burn up my gas so I took the bus out to Hollywood,” said Johnson, who made his way to what used to be known as the Grauman’s Chinese Theater, where he found Scott and Perry putting their hands in cement for the customary tribute.
Johnson said he initially hoped to hand over the envelope before the premiere started, but that plan didn’t work out. “There were lots of paparazzi, a lot of screaming teenagers, a lot of people from Europe and a lot of people snapping photos of Katy Perry,” he stated. “I was hoping to get close enough to Jeremy, I forgot his last name, but I never got close enough…He’s got a lot of entourage,” he said. “I even tried by saying, ‘Hey Katy, look over here.’ She is a pretty girl.”
Johnson said he had initially approached a security guard outside the theater to ask what the protocol would be in serving the papers under such circumstances. “The first guy was a nice guy. I explained to him that I was just working for a living. But he got his boss, who said, ‘I know you’ve got a problem, but that’s your problem,'” Johnson said.
Accustomed to waiting things out, Johnson said, “I used to do this for the IRS so I’m used to staking out people if I have to.”
Less familiar with the fashion crowd, he said he tried to dress the part. “I don’t look all that fashionable so I threw on a casual shirt, put the tail hanging out, casual pants and a red beret. I had some stubble too,” he said.
Eventually, he said he was given access to the screening, but by the time he found a seat “about six rows from the front, the movie had already started.”
Once the film was over and the designer was en route to his next stop, Johnson said he approached at what is listed as 10:33 p.m. After addressing Scott by name and allegedly handing the legal papers to him, Johnson said the designer just said, “‘Thank you’ politely. I don’t think he knew what I was doing. It could have been fan mail or sketches.”
Scott must respond within 21 days of the Sept. 8 date of service, according to one of Tierney’s lawyers, Jeff Gluck.