George Santos Sues Jimmy Kimmel

( – Disgraced former Republican New York congressman George Santos has filed a lawsuit against late-night talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel, over a prank that was aired on Kimmel’s late night show.

Santos is accusing Kimmel of committing copyright infringement, breach of contract, fraudulent inducement, and unjust enrichment over several videos of Santos from celebrity greeting service Cameo. Kimmel paid for Santos to send out fake bizarre video greetings through the platform, and then aired the greeting videos on his late-night show.

Santos claims that Kimmel misrepresented his intentions and used “phony names and narratives” when he paid for the videos and violated the terms of use for Cameo. The former representative also said that Kimmel and his show capitalized and ridiculed his “gregarious personality” through the aired video prank. Santos’ suit also names ABC and Walt Disney Co. as defendants. His lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. district court for New York ‘s southern district, is seeking a minimum of $750,000 in damages.

Following the airing of the videos and Santos previously sending Kimmel a $21,000 bill over the incident, the comedian already alluded to the possibility of Santos suing him, saying that it would be a “dream come true.”

“Could you imagine if I get sued by George Santos for [being] a fraud?” Kimmel quipped on an episode of his show late last year.

The comedian pointed out that following the release of the prank greetings, Santos increased his rates on Cameo, and now charges up to $500 for making a short video greeting.

“He [Santos] should be thanking me,” Kimmel said.

Santos was voted out of his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives last year after allegations surfaced that he committed fraud and embezzled donations to his campaign to fund his ridiculously lavish lifestyle. Santos has been indicted on charges related to those claims. Since then, Santos said that he has been raking in a very lucrative income through the Cameo platform, bragging that he has made more money by making greetings for strangers than when he was working in Congress.

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