Ohio Sheriff’s deputies are suing Afroman after they raided his home.
Afroman posted a video of the deputies searching his home and is now being sued and called to court for invading their privacy.
Several deputies and sergeants claim he is using the images and videos from the August raid for merchandise, putting it on t-shirts to sell to the general public.
According to the lawsuit, deputies say Afroman was not home during the raid, but his wife was and recorded the search. They also noted that the home was filled with security cameras.
Deputies are not permitting the “Because I Got High” rapper to use the footage in music videos and put their faces on merch; they believe he’s profiting from their images and likeliness.
However, Afroman argues, “deputies raided his home in search of narcotics but came up empty … and he claims deputies ended up seizing cash during the search, $400 of which wasn’t returned. The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office found that the Adams County sheriffs had miscounted the money seized, and the correct amount had been returned.”
The deputies want Afroman’s profits from the social media posts, merch, and music video–anything he’s made using their images and wants the judge to stop him from using their pictures in the future.
Afroman told TMZ, “My house is my property, my video camera films, everything on my property as they begin, stealing my money, disconnecting plus destroying my video camera system, they became my property!”
“Criminals caught in the act of vandalizing and stealing money. My video footage is my property. I used it to identify the criminals who broke into my house and stole my money. I used it to identify criminals, who broke into my house, stole my money, and disconnected my home security system,” he added.