Bret Hart slams lawsuit over Owen's image
KATIE SCHNEIDER - Calgary Sun
Bret Hart has slammed his sister-in-law over her lawsuit against the WWE about the likeness of his late brother.
Calgarian Martha Hart has filed a lawsuit against the company for what she calls the wrongful use of videos and print publications of her late husband Owen Hart since his death 11 years ago.
Now Owen’s brother Bret has turned to Facebook to tee off against Martha and her suit.
“I personally believe Martha Hart has done nothing to keep his memory alive and sadly, he fades from view a little more every year,” Hart writes in a note published July 1 on his fan page.
“I do suspect this lawsuit is more about publicity, ego and small-mindedness than it is about pro-wrestling and all of those that are in it.”
Martha is also demanding royalties on money made from promotions employing the dead wrestler.
“His fans have never forgotten him and most of today’s WWE wrestlers and hundreds of employees have never forgotten him,” Hart wrote.
“Martha needs to accept the sad truth that he’s gone, but we all deserve to be able to salute and honour him for being the great man and the great wrestler that he was.
“Martha Hart needs to celebrate Owen’s memory as much as possible, not block it away forever.”
Owen plunged to his death during a wrestling stunt in Kansas City on May 23, 1999.
His widow got wind of an impending WWE video which included images of her late husband, and when she unsuccessfully demanded the company cease and desist with the pictures, she became aware it was putting out photos and videos for years.
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