Singer Chubby Checker, 71, is in a twist over a software app that bears his name and is used to estimate the size of a man's penis based on his shoe size.
He's not dancing; he's suing.
The singer, whose real name is Ernest Evans, filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Hewlett Packard and Palm Inc. in federal court in Fort Pierce, Fla., on Tuesday, over the app called "The Chubby Checker."
An old listing for the app describes it like this:
"Any of you ladies out there just start seeing someone new and wondering what the size of there member is. Well now you can right now from your phone. All you need to do is find out the man's shoe size and plug it in and don't worry where your from because The Chubby Checker supports shoe measurements of different regions and types."
The Twist singer's lawyers says it was an unauthorized use of Checker's name and trademark and that it will "blur and tarnish" that trademark by associating the Checker name with "obscene, sexual connotation and images." Checker is seeking a half-billion dollars in damages and restitution.
"He's hurt," Checker's attorney Willie Gary tells AP. "He worked hard to build his name and reputation over the years."
HP issued a brief statement Thursday, noting that the app isn't available. "The application was removed in September 2012 and is no longer on any Palm or HP hosted web site," wrote Michael Thacker, HP's director of corporate media relations.
According to the Daily News, the .9-cent app was only downloaded 84 times.
By Ann Oldenburg