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In August, Jason "Revok" Williams, Victor "Reyes" Chapa, and Jeffrey "Steel" Rubin sued Roberto Cavalli, claiming that the designer had copied parts of their Mission Street mural for a "Graffiti" collection without their knowledge or permission. That same month, a rep for Cavalli unequivocally denied the claims, telling New York magazine's The Cut that the allegations were "highly inflammatory," had "no basis in fact," and were "incorrect." But the artists aren't backing down.
Revok, Reyes, and Steel have issued a statement in response to the denial, saying.
The mural we created together in San Francisco was very special to us. We are offended and hurt that someone would allegedly copy it, and then issue a bizarre statement denying any wrongdoing, truly adding insult to injury. The evidence here…inexplicably shows these products covered in what appears to be exact copies of our original artwork, mechanically reproduced from our mural.
In addition to the statement, the artists amended their lawsuit this week to include additional vendors. Other than Cavalli, the big names on the original version of the lawsuit were Nordstrom and Amazon. Now, the artists have added Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf, YOOX, StyleBop, and Luisa Via Roma into the mix.