WASHINGTON (AIP) – Attorney’s for Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards today filed suit in Washington claiming that the United States Mint has stolen his image and used that likeness on the face of every $20 bill produced since 1928, just after the Stones had toured the US in support of their first album “Model T Monkey Man”.
“Mr. Richards was in the States, touring in support of the band’s first album and a newspaper man, working for Hearst, did a line drawing to accompany his review of the concert in Philadelphia,” said Richard’s attorney Sid Luckman. “Everyone in the country has seen that drawing because the Mint co-opted the image and slapped it on the $20.”
Richard’s suit asks for royalties for every $20 bill ever minted, at 9 cents for per bill or roughly $14,940,000 in damages.
“And we don’t want it in $20’s,” said Luckman.
Rumor has it that Nancy Pelosi (D-California) will be making the same legal argument in regards to her paralell suit concerning the $5 bill.