Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s protest against same-sex marriage is going to cost him. Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan sued the former Arkansas governor for copyright infringement for playing the band’s signature Grammy-winning hit, “Eye of the Tiger,” at a rally last year for Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who made national news for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
According to CNN, Huckabee — who had not paid for the rights to play the song — recently agreed to a confidential, out-of-court settlement with Sullivan’s Rude Music to pay $25,000 in the case. The payment came to light when Huckabee listed the $25K as a campaign expense on his federal election records, describing the check to Rude Music as a “legal settlement” for “copyright infringement.”
Two different payments showed up on Huckabee’s June 20 filing, one in May described as a $12,500 “itemized disbursement” and another listed as “debts and obligations.” Huckabee had tried to avoid paying the settlement, describing the anti-gay-rights rally on Davis’ behalf as a “religious assembly… signifying joy and praise at the release of Mrs. Davis.”
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SOURCE: Billboard, Gil Kaufman