Bizarre lawsuit connects Apple, US presidents, Oprah Winfrey in conspiracy

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Apple is one of dozens of defendants named in a new bizarre lawsuit that seeks a whopping $75 billion in return for claims of civil rights violations, conspiracy and fraud, to name a few.



The wild accusations from David Louis Whitehead of Bossier, La., are included in a 99-page complaint filed this month in a U.S. District Court in the Western District of Arkansas. Apple is included among a long list of defendants including numerous judges, U.S. presidents, Hollywood studios, celebrities and banks.



Apple's exact role in Whitehead's elaborate tale is unclear, but "Apple Computer Inc." is listed as a defendant that is alleged to have engaged in "outrageous and reckless and extreme acts against the plaintiff, with the massive theft of the plaintiff's copyrighted works, grossing millions if not billions of dollars."



The plaintiff believes much of that money was made as a result of talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, who is accused of promoting "several film projects" based on original writings by Whitehead.



Apparently a prolific writer, Whitehead has penned books, scripts and plays about a broad range of topics. For example, the subject matter of the Iran-Contra affair was apparently covered in his play "The Big Bad Wolf vs. Miss Little Red Riding Hood - The Mike Tyson Story." That fictional play features President George H.W. Bush "going after" boxer Mike Tyson after he makes "racial comments about America." Whitehead believes the elder Bush decided to target him after his play was published.



Whitehead has a long legal history in which he has filed countless lawsuits, many of which are cited in the latest complaint. He also believes that a number of presidents -- including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama -- have appointed judges to sabotage his relentless pursuits through the U.S. court system.







His latest lawsuit alleges that the film "Wag the Dog" infringed on Whitehead's college paper "International Law Regarding the Use of Force and Collective Security: A Comparative Analysis of the Korean and Persian Gulf Wars." Whitehead also claims the concept for the comedy "Austin Powers" was stolen from his original script "A New World." Actor Mike Myers is included in the suit.



Whitehead also believes his original work "God vs. Satan" was stolen by Mel Gibson and Twentieth Century Fox for the film "The Passion of the Christ." And he says rapper Sean "P. Diddy" Combs's idea for the fragrance "I Am King" was taken from his original play entitled "Erykah Badu in Paris With Momma Voodoo."



Also named in the suit are James Cameron, Tyler Perry, Microsoft, Sony, Harvard and Georgetown universities, the Walt Disney Company, Bank of America, Wachovia Bank, Black Entertainment Television, Comcast, and Viacom, to name a few. Whitehead has requested a trial by jury, $5 billion in compensatory damages, and $75 billion in relief.



As a major corporation, Apple is frequently the target of a number of lawsuits, legitimate or otherwise. "Regardless of merit, responding to such claims can consume significant time and expense," the company revealed in its annual Form 10-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2009.



In 2009, Apple was hit with a bizarre lawsuit that accused Apple and actress Sarah Jessica Parker of stealing the concepts and names for the iPod and iPhone in the 1980s. That same year, a man alleged in court that Apple conspired with the Italian mafia to secretly track him and transmit threatening messages to his iPod.
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  • Reply 1 of 71
    Oh America, you're so funny sometimes.
  • Reply 2 of 71
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    Originally Posted by terrett101 View Post


    Oh America, you're so funny sometimes.



    Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo KAY. Wow



    Seems like you hear about one of these kooks every 5 or 6 months. Just suing a crapload of people. Amazing.
  • Reply 3 of 71
    ...and this will continue until this country does something to penalize those who file frivilous lawsuits. If he loses, he should be forced to pay for court costs for the defendants.
  • Reply 4 of 71
    shobizshobiz Posts: 207member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by terrett101 View Post


    Oh America, you're so funny sometimes.



    I don't see where America filed this.
  • Reply 5 of 71
    ezduzitezduzit Posts: 158member
    the only way to stop this crap is to make the loser pay.



    force the parties to the law suit to show adequate assets in the event they lose.
  • Reply 6 of 71
    roos24roos24 Posts: 170member
    This is what you get when you have more lawyers in Michigan alone than in all of Japan...
  • Reply 7 of 71
    Ah! Just the moment of levity needed on a Wednesday afternoon! Anyone else notice that he couldn't even spell the President's first name correctly?
  • Reply 8 of 71
    tulliustullius Posts: 34member
    This article is a waste of photons, and only feeds the narcissistic craziness of the plaintiff.



    It's not news that crazy people like to file bizarre lawsuits.
  • Reply 9 of 71
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    Originally Posted by SHOBIZ View Post


    I don't see where America filed this.



    See reply #4 above you. This kind of crap doesn't occur anywhere else in the world, or at least no where near as frequently. They'd be committed somewhere else in the world, but heaven forbid we treat them as a crazy here.
  • Reply 10 of 71
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    He must be representing himself. I pity the fool who becomes his lawyer.
  • Reply 11 of 71
    celemourncelemourn Posts: 769member
    lulz. Someone get this guy some medication. Involuntary commitment, anyone?



    C
  • Reply 12 of 71
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 6,007member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    Whitehead also believes his original work "God vs. Satan" was stolen....



    Wait... did God (aka "All Knowing") and Satan (aka "Morningstar", Lucifer, "Light Bringer") sign away their life-story to Mr. Whitehead?



    If not, I see the Supreme Being and the First Angel going all the way to the Supreme court!



    Bring me some popcorn!!!
  • Reply 13 of 71
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    That must be a typo, surely he meant $75 bizillion
  • Reply 14 of 71
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ezduzit View Post


    the only way to stop this crap is to make the loser pay.



    force the parties to the law suit to show adequate assets in the event they lose.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Masteric View Post


    ...and this will continue until this country does something to penalize those who file frivilous lawsuits. If he loses, he should be forced to pay for court costs for the defendants.



    Why would that make the system better? Sure you might stop some frivolous lawsuits like this, but you'd basically put well funded defendants above the law.
  • Reply 15 of 71
    bageljoeybageljoey Posts: 1,977member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mstone View Post


    That must be a typo, surely he meant $75 bizillion





    I was trying to think of a funny comment of my own to add, but I have nothing to add to this...
  • Reply 16 of 71
    dluxdlux Posts: 666member
    Frank Chu needs to step up his game if he wants to match this guy for courtroom hours.
  • Reply 17 of 71
    sockrolidsockrolid Posts: 2,789member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    [...] Apparently a prolific writer, Whitehead has penned books, scripts and plays about a broad range of topics. [...]



    He's a writer. That explains it.
  • Reply 18 of 71
    nagrommenagromme Posts: 2,834member
    My prediction: I bet his claims turn out to have very little real merit.
  • Reply 19 of 71
    jpellinojpellino Posts: 677member
    I'm fuzzy on a couple of the references, but I'm pretty sure there's prior art a-plenty on "God Vs. Satan" and the "Passion of the Christ".
  • Reply 20 of 71
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,712member
    Funny and ridiculous this nonetheless represents a tabloid low for AI. Leave the poor sod alone.
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