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And now for something completely different: Montel, weed and Viagra

28659_433429866872_3805903_nMontel Williams — an outspoken proponent of medical weed — is suing an Arizona ex-con who the TV host alleges has used his name to scam people into buying “purported” low-THC marijuana products.

“The complaint alleges that at least three companies linked to Timothy K. Isaac of Scottsdale, Arizona have intentionally and ‘blatantly’ been using Williams’ reputation as a celebrity and CBD proponent following my April Forbes article, as well as comments he made therein and elsewhere, to sell ‘purported CBD oils’ through numerous websites as part of multiple ‘unscrupulous businesses [and] online scams that are deceiving customers,'” wrote Janet Burns, a freelancer who wrote the April Forbes article touting Williams’ years-long effort to legalize medical marijuana.

The lawsuit was filed in Miami federal court on Oct. 27.
One of the defendants in the case appears to be the head of a labyrinthine network who “previously faced legal action over online sales of illegal Chinese ‘Viagra,'” according to Burns.
Here’s more from her blog post:

“…The complaint alleges that at least three companies linked to Timothy K. Isaac of Scottsdale, Arizona have intentionally and “blatantly” been using Williams’ reputation as a celebrity and CBD proponent following my April Forbes article, as well as comments he made therein and elsewhere, to sell “purported CBD oils” through numerous websites as part of multiple “unscrupulous businesses [and] online scams that are deceiving customers.”

According to the suit, defendants including Advanceable Technology, LLC, Beauty Strong, LLC (formerly Hathor Secrets and Secrets of Isis, LLCs), Snowflake Marketing, LLC, and Isaac, to whom the companies are seemingly registered, have been “knowingly and willfully capitalizing on Plaintiffs’ valuable reputation and intellectual property to lure consumers into ordering their Infringing Products on the false premise that they have been tested, created, or recommended by Williams” despite repeated requests to cease and decist.

Through a range of news article- and blog-style pages across different websites, and including posts designed to mimic my Forbes contributor site as it appears with the original article, the responsible parties seemingly used and re-used my written content and selected photos of Williams, content from other sources, and likely lots of original material to promote subscriptions for a long list of products said to contain high quality CBD.

Whole articles or photos and blurbs purporting endorsement from Bill Gates, Dr. Dre, Whoopi Goldberg, Morgan Freeman, Lady Gaga, and others were also used.”

Here’s links to her blog post, the original Forbes article, and a Phoenix New Times story about the lawsuit.