Judge Allows “Hangover 2” Opening Despite Pending Case

Hangover 2” is hitting theaters this week without delay after a federal judge denied a plea to stop the raunchy comedy’s release due to an alleged unauthorized use by the film of a distinctive tattoo that appears on the face of one of the movie’s main characters.

U.S. District Court Judge Catherine D. Perry denied the motion by tattoo artist Victor Whitmill to put on hold the release of “Hangover 2” due to the film’s use of a tattoo originally designed by the petitioner for boxer Mike Tyson, who also appears on the movie. In the film, actor Ed Helms, who plays the character Dr. Stu Price, sports a similar but not the same tattoo as the one that Whitmill created on the left side of Tyson’s face. Whitmill claims that Warner Bros. and the movie’s producers violated his copyright to the tattoo design.

In shooting down Whitmill’s request, Judge Perry said stopping the release of “Hangover 2” on Thursday will cause irreparable damage to Warner. Perry, however, allowed the case to move along.