Uh oh…will Alfonso Ribeiro’s loose lips sink his current lawsuit ship? We’re not sure. As we told you yesterday, he’s suing the makers of Fortnite for allegedly stealing his iconic “Carlton Dance.”
However, the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star admitted in 2012 – on camera – that HE stole the moves from Courteney Cox and Eddie Murphy. Well sort of. When the show asked him to come up with a dance, he decided that he wanted Carlton to dance like a super White person. So he combined Cox’s “Dancing in the Dark” moves with Eddie’s famous “White Man Dance.” You can check out the video on the right.
So the question is whether Ribeiro can sue for something allegedly stole. His lawyer, David Hecht, downplayed the clip with, “On numerous occasion, Mr. Ribeiro used the word, ‘stole,’ in jest. He did use the word ‘stole’ in the legal sense. In his words, it was Ribeiro’s (a professional dancer’s) interpretation of what a White person looks like when they dance. That describes a copyrightable choreographic work.”