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Ol’ Dirty Bastard Estate Sends Cease & Desist Letter to Rock the Bells Organizers

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The spirit of Ol’ Dirty Bastard will not hit that Rock the Bells stage this year without a fight.

The widow of the late Wu-Tang Clan rapper and administrator of his estate, Icelene Jones issued a cease and desist letter insisting that the organizers stop plans to use ODB’s likeness because she was not contacted first.

“I am disappointed that Rock the Bells would not contact me directly about the use of my husband’s image,” she said. “I am looking forward to talking to Wu-Tang about this matter and coming up with a positive solution in order to bring my husband to the stage once again.”

According to a report from HipHopDX, Rock the Bells organizers got permission from the ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’ creator’s mother, Cherry Jones.

“I keep in touch with Cherry all the time,” head of Guerilla Union, Chang Weisberg said. “She’s got a legacy that she’s trying to keep together for her grand kids and her relatives. So, whatever it is that we can do to help Cherry in her mission, we’re gonna do.”

There is no word from Weisberg on his receipt of the cease and desist letter.

Rock the Bells kicks off Sept. 7 in San Bernadino, Calif.

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