ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER Controversy remains with settled lawsuit
The original Schwarzenegger bobblehead was part of a five-doll deal.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Arnold Schwarzenegger will bobble again.
The California governor has settled a lawsuit against a Northeast Ohio firm that produces bobblehead dolls in his image, according to a press release from his production company.
The former Hollywood actor, who is fiercely protective of his image on the stump and on the screen, sued the company in April to halt the production of the plastic dolls that featured a gun-toting Schwarzenegger in a business suit.
Under the new agreement, Canton-based Ohio Discount Merchandise Inc. can produce Schwarzenegger-the-politician dolls -- without the gun. The $19.99 dolls will be available online, according to the statement.
Ohio Discount also agreed to donate a portion of its sales to Schwarzenegger's nonprofit Arnold All-Stars after-school program in Los Angeles.
"We're very happy with the settlement, and we look forward to the release of the new Arnold Schwarzenegger bobblehead doll," said Todd Bosley, co-owner of Ohio Discount.
Schwarzenegger's lawyer Martin Singer said the governor was glad to end the unauthorized uses of his image. "And he's happy to see the money going to his charity," Singer said.
But not everyone was happy with the settlement.
The original Schwarzenegger bobblehead was part of a five-doll deal that included several Democratic presidential candidates, organized by Washington, D.C., lobbyist John Edgell to raise money for two cancer and children's charities.
Edgell, who was also named in Schwarzenegger's suit, said Monday he opposes the settlement and plans to seek an injunction.
He has accused Ohio Discount of not making the promised contributions to the original charities and refusing to disclose its financial data. He alleges the deal will take money away from the original two charities.
Singer said the resolution would have no effect on legal obligations between Edgell and the Bosleys.
Bosley said Edgell's allegations are false and that his books were open. He said he severed ties with Edgell when the former congressional staffer sought offers for a "Groping Arnold" bobblehead, after accusations surfaced that Schwarzenegger had groped and sexually degraded several women during his years in Hollywood.
Edgell has now created a prototype for a "Governor Girlie Man Arnold" bobblehead, featuring the governor in a pink suit and heels -- a reference to Schwarzenegger's comments that Democratic state lawmakers who did not agree to his budget proposal were "girlie men."
First Amendment claim
In the Schwarzenegger suit, Ohio Discount, which produces a variety of bobbleheads such as President George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton and Jesus, had claimed a First Amendment right to make the Schwarzenegger dolls.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, said the governor's Oak Productions Inc. "does not permit Schwarzenegger's name, photograph, likeness or voice to be used on commercial products, on packaging of commercial products or in advertising for commercial products or services" unless authorized.
Singer said the governor would not challenge a doll that was created purely as a political satire but that the box containing the first doll used images from Schwarzenegger's films and his bodybuilding days without permission.
Edgell said he would continue to seek to produce the assault weapon-toting Schwarzenegger.
"It was a political statement to tweak Arnold because he pledged to support an assault weapon ban and hasn't done anything," Edgell said. "Also because he stars in all these violent movies and has a pro-kid image ... Schwarzenegger should not be the only public figure immune from the public's right to poke fun at him."