'Magic Mike' Star Channing Tatum Accused of Ripping Off Former Stripper Buddies: Lawyer Weighs In

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Channing Tatum's upcoming film Magic Mike is loosely based on his past as a male stripper.

But some dancers who worked alongside the actor during his past dancing days claim he actually ripped off their lives -- not his own.

Thomas "Awesome" Austin and London Steele said that Tatum, 32, not only stole signature moves but also took the name "Magic Mike," according to TMZ.

Celebuzz spoke to an attorney to assess: Do these guys have a legit case?

Attorney Anthony Friedman of Los Angeles firm Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill L.L.P. told Celebuzz there is a "really slim chance of them succeeding in any legal action." He broke it down for us, saying:

"Well in the world we live in, anybody can file a lawsuit for anything. With regard to this, unless these guys had specific copyrights on names that they were calling themselves, or specific moves that they were doing, and they had an application filed with the US Patent Office, and Trademark Office, then yes, they could potentially [take action]. But the chances of them having done that are probably really slim and the chances of them succeeding in any legal action are probably very small. Though in this day and age, people file the lawsuit and hope to get some money out of it."
He then added, "Legally, I don't think they have any chance."

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  • Jungle Boy
    Jungle Boy

    I used to know both of those guys in Tampa and I can tell you they are just sucking this free promo opportunity for as long as they can. If you've seen the male encounter videos from 10-15-years ago you'll know there was very little talent involved in their shows. Channing didn't learn much from those clowns and I guarantee you they stole anything they knew from the strippers that came before them! The only way those guys got to dance at Stingersn Nite Club was because they danced for free and only got payed in tips. Channing managed to pursue a reputable career and made it to the big time!