Billy Two Rivers Settles Van Morrison Album Cover Lawsuit

Billy Two Rivers Settles Van Morrison Album Cover Lawsuit
Late last month, retired Mohawk wrestler Billy Two Rivers sought to take Van Morrison to court over using his image for forthcoming disc Roll With the Punches without his permission. Now, the Canadian Press reports that the two parties have reached a settlement.

Two Rivers' New York-based lawyer, Michael Graif, said the suit has been put on hold while details of the settlement are ironed out. "Billy is very happy to have a quick settlement without further litigation," Graif told the Canadian Press.

The retired wrestler-turned-politician and activist alleged in his suit that the image on the album cover (seen above) was used without his permission. His suit demanded an undisclosed amount in compensation damages, as well as punitive and exemplary damages and legal fees.

Two Rivers' wrestling career began in 1953, and he went on to compete internationally until 1977. He was recognized for his signature Mohawk hairstyle and traditional First Nations costuming.
 
Morrison's Roll with the Punches is due out on September 22 via Universal. The label has yet to comment on the lawsuit.