Melissa McCarthy film promoter strikes back at Sesame Street
NEW YORK (AP) - The promoter of a new Melissa McCarthy movie has told a judge that a lawsuit from the makers of "Sesame Street" could be devastating for the film's August release.
Lawyers for the company - STX Productions LLC - want the judge to disregard trademark-infringement claims by Sesame Workshop in a federal court lawsuit last week. They say no reasonable parent would confuse R-rated "The Happytime Murders" with the long-running puppet-driven educational children's program.
McCarthy's movie features the comedian as a human detective who teams with a puppet partner to investigate grisly puppet murders. After the lawsuit was filed, STX Productions responded to media questions with a statement from "Fred- Esq," which it said was a lawyer puppet.
The company dropped the humor for its Monday filing, signed by actual lawyers.
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