Internet celebrity 'Sweet Brown' sues Apple
An Oklahoma woman who found Internet fame after she was interviewed by a local television station following a fire near her apartment is suing Apple Inc. and others for $15 million in federal court, records show.
An Oklahoma woman who found Internet fame with the catchphrase “Ain't nobody got time for that!” has filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc., saying it did not have permission to benefit from a musical mashup of her quirky television interview.
Kimberly Wilkins, who identified herself as “Sweet Brown” in the interview, said she was defrauded when her voice and likeness were used to sell songs on iTunes, the hugely successful online music store owned by Apple.
The case is pending in federal court.
Wilkins was interviewed April 8, 2012, by KFOR reporters covering an apartment fire near NW 23 and Villa. Her son, who can be seen at times covering his face and shaking his head in what appears to be embarrassment, paced behind her nearly the whole time.
During the interview, she made comments and used several phrases — all within the space of about 20 seconds — that have since made her, well, somewhat famous.
“Well, I woke up to get me a cold pop and then I thought somebody was barbecuing,” Brown told the reporter. “I said, ‘Oh Lord Jesus, it's a fire.' Then I ran out, I didn't grab no shoes or nothing, Jesus. I ran for my life and then the smoke got me. I got bronchitis. Ain't nobody got time for that.”
In the suit, Wilkins claims that representatives from the Bob Rivers Show in the Seattle area called her at home the day after the KFOR broadcast and asked “general questions relating to the apartment fire.”
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