Retired Mohawk wrestler Billy Two Rivers to settle lawsuit against Van Morrison

first_imgMONTREAL – A retired Mohawk professional wrestler has reached an agreement in principle to settle a lawsuit with singer Van Morrison over the use of his image on the cover of an upcoming album, his lawyer said Friday.Billy Two Rivers’ New York-based attorney, Michael Graif, said the litigation has been put on hold while the two parties work out the details.“Billy is very happy to have a quick settlement without further litigation,” Graif said in a phone interview.Two Rivers, a longtime wrestler turned politician and activist from the Kahnawake Mohawk territory near Montreal, filed the complaint in July in the United States against Universal Music Group and the musician.Two Rivers, 82, said a photograph of him in the wrestling ring was used on the cover of Morrison’s upcoming album without his agreement or consent.The black and white photograph is also part of the promotional material for the album, titled “Roll With the Punches,” which is scheduled for release Sept. 22.The photo is believed to be from a British wrestling promotion.“This case was a very simple case,” Graif said.“It involved the use of Billy Two Rivers’ image on Van Morrison’s upcoming album cover without my client’s authorization.”Emails to the record label and the singer’s agents were not immediately returned.Graif explained that everyone has the right to control the use of their image for commercial purposes, regardless of whether the photographer has granted rights to the photo.He said he did not know the details of the settlement or whether Two Rivers’ image would still be used.Two Rivers, who spent nearly a quarter century in the ring beginning in the 1950s, has also worked as an actor and was involved in Kahnawake politics for two decades.last_img read more

Trudeau accepts the finding of genocide but says focus needs to be

first_imgVANCOUVER — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he accepts the finding that Canada’s treatment of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls amounts to genocide.Debate has erupted over the definition of the term after the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls repeatedly used it in its final report released Monday.But Trudeau says people are wrapped up in a debate over the powerful term, when the focus should be on how to put an end to the issues raised by the inquiry.He says Canada has repeatedly failed Indigenous women and girls across the country.Trudeau says the tragedy of not treating cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women as a priority has to end.The prime minister made the remarks after announcing a  $1.4-billion annual investment to advance the health and rights of women around the world starting in 2023.He was speaking at the Women Deliver 2019 conference in Vancouver on gender equality, telling the crowd the money makes Canada a global leader in funding sexual and reproductive health rights.The Canadian Presslast_img read more