Photographer sues Trump Jr. over Skittles tweet: ‘I was a refugee from the Turkish occupation’
The Trump name finds itself at the center of yet another legal battle as Donald Trump Jr. is being sued over a tweet comparing Syrian refugees to Skittles.
In September, Trump Jr. posted a photo of a bowl of Skittles to his Twitter account. The image included the message, “If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.”
Trump Jr. added, “this image says it all. Let’s end the politically correct agenda that doesn’t put America first. #trump2016.”
Trump Jr. is now being sued by the person who photographed the original image, David Kittos, who is a Cypriot refugee, Salon reports.
Kittos filed the lawsuit for copyright infringement on Tuesday. The photographer told BBC News in September, “This was not done with my permission. I don’t support his politics and I would never take his money to use it.”
He also shared, “In 1974, when I was 6 years old, I was a refugee from the Turkish occupation of Cyprus so I would never approve the use of this image against refugees.”
Kittos is reportedly seeking monetary damages and “for any profits that Trump, the campaign, or the other defendants gained as a result of using the image,” according to Salon.
— Bill Donahue (@BDonahueLaw360) October 19, 2016