Tattoo Artist Settles With Warner Bros. Over Design In ‘Hangover II’

BURBANK (CBS/AP) — The tattoo artist who created the tat on Mike Tyson’s face has settled his lawsuit against Warner Bros., where he claimed they ripped off his design in “The Hangover Part II”.

Warner Bros. spokesman Paul McGuire said Monday that the movie studio and S. Victor Whitmill amicably resolved their dispute.

McGuire declined to discuss the case further.

In the movie, Helms’ character, Stu, wakes up in a Bangkok bathtub to find that he has a brand new facial tattoo.

Whitmill claimed that the filmmakers ripped off the copyrighted pattern that he gave Tyson in 2003 in Las Vegas. Whitmill now lives in Missouri.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in St. Louis tried to block the film’s release, but a judge ruled the film could open as scheduled just two days before it was released May 26.

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