WWE superstar Randy Orton always seems to wind up being involved in odd headlines outside of the ring, and perhaps a recent lawsuit is the strangest one yet.
Catherine Alexander - the Illinois-based artist who's painted Orton's tattoos for 15 years - filed a lawsuit against 2K and WWE for using his tattoos in the video games. Alexander says she actually had the tattoo designs copyrighted, and claims WWE and 2K never received permission to use them.
According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, WWE and 2K are trying to have the lawsuit dismissed, claiming the United States District Court of Southern District of Illinois doesn't have jurisdiction.
However, PWInsider noted that Alexander filed a counter-response, claiming that WWE and 2K "chose specifically to aim their alleged infringement of her copyrighted work directly in" Illinois. She also turned down an offer of $450 for the rights to using the tattoos. Finally, PWInsider said that discovery for this case must be done by Jan. 1, 2019 and the settlement conference is to take place on Apr. 16, 2019.
This is easily one of the strangest lawsuit cases you can think of, and it has to put Orton in an uncomfortable position. But WWE has had countless lawsuits thrown their way before, so they're surely bracing for the worst case scenario of possibly losing.
It was also revealed Sunday that WWE is investigating a report that alleges Orton exposed himself in front of writers some years ago, then threatened to have them fired for not shaking his hand.
Thus, it's possible we see WWE take Orton off of television for some time until that matter is resolved. And as for the tattoo-related lawsuit, it sounds like a resolution won't be met until some time next year, so stay tuned.