The “Scammers” actually made Clint Eastwood’s day.
In a lawsuit that was filed on Friday, the iconic superstar of “Dirty Harry” and the company that owns the rights to his legendary likeness, won $6.1 million against a Lithuanian firm that allegedly pimped the Oscar-winning actor-face director’s to imply he endorsed CBD supplements.
“I am pleased with the court’s ruling,” Eastwood, 91, told The Post on Monday, “and believe this judgment sends a powerful message to other online scammers who might try to illegally use someone’s name and reputation to sell their products.”
Eastwood and his other representatives were awarded by Justice R. Gary Klausnee of the US District Court for the Central District of California, at the company Garrapata millions in damages for the illegal use of “The Good, the bad and the ugly” star’s name and likeness.
The New York Times reported that, in legal tab the company had to pick up Eastwood’s $95,000 and is banned forever from using him to hype their cannabidiol (which is a non intoxicating compound in the cannabis sativa plant) products in the future.
“Over a career that has a spanned more than 60 years, Mr. Eastwood has earned a reputation for honesty, hard work, integrity and public service,” his attorney, Jordan Susman, told The Post. “He is also willing to do what is right and what is fair. In pursuing this case, and obtaining this judgment, Mr. Eastwood has again demonstrated a willingness to confront wrongdoing and hold accountable those who try to illegally profit off his name, likeness and goodwill.”
Eastwood — whose latest film, “Cry Macho,” hit theaters in September — first filed multiple lawsuits in July 2020 after rumors spread that he was ditching Hollywood to hawk CBD products.
“Cry Macho” was the most recent movie of Eastwood, hit theatres in September and in July 2020 first filed various lawsuits after there were rumours spread about him saying that he was ditching leaving Hollywood to hawk CBD products. Eastwood’s legal team narrowed the scope of the complaint in February, focusing on Mediatonas UAB, the company that owns the websites where the fake news appeared.
The sites shared an online “interview” in which the director of “Million Dollar Baby” was claiming that his new job selling CBD provided him with “something bigger than movies.”
“This was a really, really difficult decision for me,” Eastwood is quoted as saying of his decision to leave Hollywood to be a CBD salesman.