Naked Cowgirl owes Naked Cowboy nothing, court rules
The lawsuit-loving Naked Cowboy is failing to protect his underwear-and-cowboy-hat brand.
Naked Cowboy Robert Burck is currently entangled in his third lawsuit, this time against CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” — but he wasn’t able to lasso the Naked Cowgirl into submission last month.
In February, Sandy Kane, “The Naked Cowgirl,” won a legal battle to keep her skivvies, pasties and guitar strapped on in Times Square, without giving Burck a dime.
According to the settlement agreement obtained by Metro, Kane, an aging ex-stripper, can use the name “Naked Cowgirl” alongside her name without dishing out cash. Last year, Burck demanded $5,000 and subsequent loyalty payments from Kane to use the “Naked” name, Kane’s lawyer, Nick Barnhorst, told Metro.
Todd Rubenstein, Burck’s manager said the terms of the settlement are now invalid because Kane talked to Metro even though both parties had a nondisclosure agreement.
“It’s not just that she’s saying she’s a naked cowgirl. She’s doing it in underwear, boots and a hat in Times Square,” moaned Burck. “She’s standing 25 feet from where I’m out and not wearing a bra.”
Kane said Burck’s a “bully” — and doesn’t own the right to be the only naked cowpoke in Times Square.
“They’re trying to scare me out of Times Square, where I’ve lived all my adult life and worked every strip club up and down,” she said. “All I did was make more money than him and get more attention.”
Loving the lawsuits?
Burck’s brawl with Kane is his third lawsuit, and Rubenstein told Metro they’ll “absolutely” sue anyone else they think infringes on their trademark.
In 2008, he demanded $6 million from Mars Inc. after the company posted a billboard in Times Square featuring an M&M in a cowboy hat and underwear.
In February, Burck filed a federal lawsuit against CBS after “The Bold and the Beautiful” featured a drunk and randy cowboy character named Oliver.