Meat Loaf sues Meat Loaf impersonator for $100,000, claiming he's no Meat Loaf substitute
Despite what he led audiences to believe in Fight Club, Meat Loaf might not have that much of a sense of humor about himself: He’s suing a Meat Loaf impersonator for $100,000, calling him a “cybersquatter and online imposter.”
The UK-based Dean Torkington told The Daily Mail he’s been paying tribute to the "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" singer since 1996, but for about the past 10 years, he’s been drawing the ire of the real Meat Loaf over the use of the domain Meatloaf.org. The real Meat Loaf holds the domain Meatloaf.net, while Meatloaf.com is currently being held by a company that squatted on the URL long ago, clearly waiting for a huge fan of the food to buy it from them.
Torkington claims he was invited backstage by the singer in 2003, where he was subsequently ordered to abandon the URL, as well as remove all the artwork from his custom-painted Bat Out Of Hell van. He didn’t do either—though he once offered Meat the URL for about $12,500, only to be rebuffed—and he's been dealing with the singer’s epic wrath ever since.
Torkington—who doesn’t even really look like the singer—also insists he’s never claimed to be Meat Loaf and that, as an impersonator, he’s actually been keeping the beefy artist’s legacy alive. But since the legal action, he’s stopped impersonating the Loaf, saying, “I’ve gone back to doing Elton John tribute acts as a result of all this," something he deems as “less hassle.”