Have you heard about the Flynt Family Feud? Apparently, Larry Flynt is taking control of the family name and nobody else can use it!
Jimmy Flynt II and Dustin Flynt decided to start their own little adult production spin-off. They were going to call it Flynt Media until old Uncle Larry put the kibosh on that. He filed a lawsuit against his nephews and, according to Jimmy Flynt Sr., Larry started putting the pressure on Jimmy Sr. to talk his boys into settling.
“In or around the time this trademark action was filed,” the complaint alleges, “Larry contacted Jimmy demanding that Jimmy ‘get control of his boys’ and exert pressure on his boys to comply with his settlement demands, which included monetary compensation ($100,000) and an agreement not to use the Flynt name, alone, to market products. Larry made threats to Jimmy that if he could not make the lawsuit go away (i.e., if he could not persuade his sons to give in to Larry’s demands) then he would ‘cut him off’ financially. Larry told Jimmy that he would take his (Jimmy’s) compensation/salary to fund the lawsuit that he instituted against Jimmy’s sons. Larry was blunt and unequivocal in threatening economic adversity and harm to Jimmy unless Jimmy was willing and able to exert sufficient and effective fatherly influence to affect the outcome of Larry’s federal lawsuit in Larry’s favor.”
Jimmy Sr. says that when he was unable to produce results, his brother fired him. He says this was wrongful termination and a breach of contract.
Jimmy's allegations get worse. He says Larry applied for a $400,000 loan from Hustler Cincinnati, sole property of Jimmy Flynt, Sr. with no intention of ever paying it back. According to Jimmy, Larry intended to use a fraudulent promissory note to acquire this money because he thought it was owed him. Jimmy says when he refused Larry the loan, Larry began evicting him from Hustler property.
Nothing quite like brotherly love. Here's hoping they work it out amicably, eh?