Ol' Dirty Bastard's Widow Issues Cease and Desist Order to Rock the Bells over Hologram Plans
Published May 17, 2013The organizers behind the travelling Rock the Bells festival have been planning on resurrecting Ol' Dirty Bastard later this year with a Tupac-style hologram, but this plan may be in jeopardy, as ODB's widow Icelene Jones has filed a cease and desist order to stop this from happening.
While she's isn't opposed to the idea of an ODB hologram outright, she criticized Rock the Bells' organizers for not consulting with her about their plans, since she is the administrator of the late Wu-Tang rapper's estate and says that she's the only one who can approve the use of his image.
"I am disappointed that Rock the Bells would not contact me directly about the use of my husband's image," she said statement. "I am looking forward to talking to Wu-Tang about this matter and coming up with a positive solution in order to bring my husband to the stage once again."
HipHopDX notes that ODB's mother, Cherry Jones, was part of the original announcement about the hologram, but Icelene's name had not been mentioned in regards to the project. Cherry and Icelene have repeatedly clashed over the years in regards to the rapper's estate. Rock the Bells hasn't yet publicly responded to the legal action.
Ol' Dirty Bastard, aka Russell Jones, died of a drug overdose in 2004 at the age of 35.