It’s not the first time a comedian has found himself in hot water for a costume or his act.
In 2009, a young woman dressed as her deceased grandfather sued her for $25 million, claiming she had been tricked into dressing as him after her grandfather died.
In 2013, the comedian sued a woman who was allegedly dressed as him as she was on stage.
And in 2015, comedian Rob Delaney sued his employer, ABC for $10 million over his role in the creation of a parody video in which he is seen wearing a clown mask.
“I was in the theater with this person who looked exactly like my grandfather, and they made a video of me as my grandfather and a bunch of other clowns,” Delaney told The Daily Beast.
“And I was like, ‘Why would I do this?
Why would I dress like my grandmother?'”
Delaney, who is black, said he was offended by the video, and he sued ABC for defamation and breach of contract.
Delaney said that the lawsuit was “a cheap shot, but not really, I’m not sure why.”
The comedian said he found the incident embarrassing, but he said he felt that ABC had “a lot of issues” with him.
“The only thing that made it worse was that there were other comedians who had done the same thing,” Delane said.
“They thought, ‘I know who you are, so I’m going to take your money and put it into my own business.'”
Delaney has sued other comedy clubs for similar incidents.
The suits against ABC were filed after Delaney had appeared on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” where he was accused of impersonating a clown.
The episode aired on October 14, 2016.
The comedian did not mention Delaney by name in his complaint, but the suit alleged that he made “a number of false and defamatory statements about the Plaintiff,” including that he was “unable to perform the acts of his character,” “could not perform the actions of his act, and that the Plaintiff did not exist.”
ABC said it did not respond to a request for comment.
Comedy mask lawsuit: Comedy mask suit filed by black comedian against ABC article Delaney’s suit claimed that he “performed a number of acts of impersonation of the character of the late Mr. Robin Williams and other prominent comedians” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and that he had been “inadvertently” booked to appear on the show.
Delany’s lawsuit also claimed that the comedian “violated a confidentiality agreement” and claimed that “the plaintiff falsely represented that he and his fellow performers did not engage in, or condone, conduct which was illegal or harmful to any person.”
The suit claims that Delaney was “in a position of authority and control over the conduct of the plaintiff’s fellow performers, and, consequently, knew of the falsity of their performances.”
The complaint also claimed the plaintiff “misrepresented that the plaintiff was in a position to prevent the plaintiff from performing the acts or performing them in a manner which the plaintiff believed would cause him harm.”
ABC has since apologized for “a breach of confidentiality agreement,” saying it “understood that Delany did not perform in a way that could be perceived as an act of bullying or discrimination.”
Delaney and ABC reached an undisclosed settlement with Delaney last month.
ABC has not responded to The Daily News’s request for further comment.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has a longstanding reputation for being anti-Trump.
The Late Show host has said he would never dress as Donald Trump or Donald Trump Jr., but that he would like to see the president’s face on the cover of his book.
Delano has also said that he thinks he has made “good on my promise” to never dress up as Trump, though he has admitted that the suit is “more about the right to be offended than it is about any actual harm.”
Delano’s suit has been dismissed in court, and the comedian is “pleading his innocence,” according to The Washington Post.
In the suit, Delaney claimed that ABC “has engaged in a deliberate campaign of harassment against him,” and he called for “justice for all the wrongs committed against him.”
“I’ve been a victim of hate, of harassment, of discrimination, and it’s been an incredible journey,” he said in a statement.
“When I finally found my way to the end of the road, I didn’t expect to be facing such a lawsuit from the very company that has given me a platform to perform and speak.
I’m sorry I’m the target of this attack, and I’m glad to be in a place where I can finally take back my name and be myself.”