By JAY REEVES | The Related Press
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Tv star and businesswoman Kim Kardashian West is suing a health care provider in Alabama for claims that she misused her picture to advertise a medical process referred to as "Vampire Facial."
West filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles in opposition to Dr. Charles Runels off the coast of Fairhope, Alabama. The lawsuit claims that Runels misused West's picture in promotional supplies after she posted a photograph of herself on social media that confirmed the outcomes of a "Vampire Facial."
West, a actuality star and profitable businesswoman who has numerous magnificence and way of life corporations and hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, requested a federal decide to ban Runels from utilizing his identify or photograph and forcing him to he and another physician who will profit from paying his earnings
Runels, 59, stated in a phone interview on Wednesday that West misused his trademark identify for a medical process to advertise himself. He referred to as the lawsuit "disappointing."
"We are attempting to make good drugs. The very last thing we wish to do is spend hundreds of thousands of arguing with a star," he stated.
The beauty process includes extracting the blood of a affected person, spinning it in a centrifuge after which injecting small quantities below the pores and skin utilizing a number of small needles, says the Runels web site, and blood can be utilized topically to the pores and skin.
Runels, who stated he developed the process and obtained a registered trademark for the identify "Vampire," stated that about 2,300 docs in 50 international locations are licensed to carry out the process. West underwent the process of an affiliate physician in Miami in 2013 earlier than posting a photograph of herself on-line with blood on her face, she stated.
The lawsuit, which seeks an unspecified sum of money, argues that Runels misused his photograph and his identify to advertise his enterprise. Runels stated he didn't ask the celeb concerning the social media put up, which stated she used to get extra consideration.
"I've already eliminated all issues from my web site, however I'm not going to let him name me a thief. First he works so that everybody on this planet is aware of that he had a vampire facial and now he doesn't need anybody to speak about it," Runels stated. .