Ex-Gangster Says A&E Used His Image Without Consent

Law360, New York (April 24, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT) -- A&E Television Networks has endangered the life of a former high-ranking gangster by using his name and likeness in an episode of the History Channel's "Gangland" documentary series without his permission, a lawsuit filed Monday in California state court alleges.

William Austin, a former top lieutenant in the Public Enemy #1 street gang, says A&E violated his privacy and subjected him to death threats by featuring him in the "Gangland" episode about Public Enemy. The four-count complaint, filed pro se in Los Angeles County Superior Court,...
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