Actress Sharon Stone is suing Chanel West Coast over a song the rapper recorded in 2018 that is not only named after Stone but also includes many references to her.
According to the lawsuit, the song “gratuitously repeats the name ‘Sharon Stone’ thirty-three times and the name ‘Sharon’ ninety-nine times.” Stone believes that, by using her name so often within the song, that she is, in effect, capitalizing on Stone’s “extraordinary level of popularity and fame.”
Chanel West Coast, whose real name is Chelsea Dudley, released her first song in a 2013 mixtape. The first 30 seconds of “Sharon Stoned” only contain lyrics that comprise variations of “Sharon” and “Stone(d).” The song then repeats these lyrics often during the remainder of the song.
Stone is also unhappy with the video that was released along with the song.
She not only says that the video attempts to evoke her but insists that the rapper has openly indicated that she wanted to “redo some classic, iconic Sharon Stone movie scenes.”
The grounds on which Stone is suing the rapper is unfair competition. She also accuses Chanel of violating her right of publicity. She is asking the court to bar the rapper from further using both her name and image, and she wants not only punitive damages but also a share of all profits the rapper has earned from both the song and the video.
Born in 1958, Stone made her film debut as an extra in Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories in 1980. She had increasingly larger film roles throughout the 1980s, which culminated as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s nemesis in 1990’s Total Recall. This led to the role that she is most famous for, in the erotic thriller Basic Instinct, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.
She later won a Golden Globe for her performance in Casino and received an Academy Award nomination.