Alfonso Ribeiro sues Epic Games over Fortnite's new 'Fresh emote' which he says is a "carbon copy" of his famous Carlton Dance

A lawsuit has been filed against Epic Games, which developed the massively popular multiplayer game, on December 17


                            Alfonso Ribeiro sues Epic Games over Fortnite's new 'Fresh emote' which he says is a "carbon copy" of his famous Carlton Dance

Alfonso Ribeiro, the actor who invented "The Carlton Dance", is not going to let anyone plagiarize his work. The 47-year-old actor and television personality is now suing the creators of the popular video game Fortnite for "stealing" the moves that he created in the hit 90s sitcom, 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air'.

A lawsuit has been filed against Epic Games, which developed the massively popular multiplayer game, on December 17 for the same.

Ribiero also performed the dance when he was a contestant on season 19 of Dancing with the Stars in 2014. (Getty Images)
Ribiero also performed the dance when he was a contestant on season 19 of Dancing with the Stars in 2014. (Getty Images)

According to TMZ, Ribeiro claimed that the video game now includes a new dance move for its characters that they have titled the "Fresh emote" on January 2, 2018.

The move is a "carbon copy" of the famous moves he came up with while filming the Will Smith series. The actor has also performed the dance when he was a contestant on season 19 of Dancing With The Stars in 2014.



 

The hilarious dance choreography includes the actor swinging his arms back and forth wildly as he shuffles his feet in a two-step. The computer-generated character for the game can also be seen doing an exact impression of the moves. Ribeiro claims that he is currently in the middle of copyrighting the signature Carlton Dance. 

This is not the first time that Epic Games has come under fire for its characters' dance moves. Rapper 2 Milly also sued the company earlier this month for allegedly using his Milly Rock moves for the "Swipe it" choreography that the characters have.

L - Gamers compete in the Epic Games Fortnite E3 Tournament at the Banc of California Stadium on June 12 (Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images) R - Alfonso Ribeiro attends the Disney ABC Television TCA Summer Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2018 (Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
L - Gamers compete in the Epic Games Fortnite E3 Tournament at the Banc of California Stadium on June 12 (Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images) R - Alfonso Ribeiro attends the Disney ABC Television TCA Summer Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2018 (Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

According to the lawsuit, the game copied his dance moves as well as other famous ones like Snoop Dogg's 'Drop It Like It's Hot' without any consent or compensation for the same.

TMX reported that this was done "to exploit African-American talent" for profit. The company is yet to release any statement on either of the suits.