Channing Tatum Caught in ‘Magic Mike’ Stripper Lawsuit
Actor Channing Tatum is being faced with a lawsuit from exotic male dancers Austin “Awesome” Powers and London Steele. The two dancers who worked with the actor in the past during his career as a dancer say that Tatum’s newest film about a male stripper, ‘Magic Mike’, is a rip off of their lives.
The pair told the gossip site TMZ that many of the moves that appear in the film, including one which is heavily featured – the “hot seat” – were their work
Tatum claims that the dancing duo have been trying to make money off of his fame for quite some time.
“Those guys have been trying to make money off of me since I got into this business,” Tatum told reporters, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Look, there’s nothing that’s factual in this whole movie other than that I was an 18-year-old kid and went into this world and I dropped out of college from playing football and was living on my sister’s couch. There’s not one character that I took from my real life; this is just a world that I went into, and I had a perspective on. And we created everything from a fictional place.”
He says that Powers sold a video from Tatum’s stripping career of the actor dancing a couple years ago, widely releasing the sexual nature of Tatum’s past career.
Despide the lawsuit, Tatum holds not grudges.
“I don’t want to say anything bad about them because they’re part of the reason why I think this world is so interesting,” he said. “They’re very interesting, intriguing and bizarre characters, and I’m thankful for weird people out there. They’re some of the most creative people.”
“Magic Mike” opens Friday June 29th.