The New York artist is threatening to sue if he is not monetarily compensated for use of his image.
A drag artist from New York says he will sue The Central African Republic if they don’t compensate him for an image they used on one of their commemorative stamps.
Pink News reports that Jimmy James recently discovered the stamp with his likeness among other Marilyn images in the collection.
The artist famously modeled for a picture dressed as the famous Hollywood legend for L.A. Eyeworks in 1991.
James is perched to seek litigation if he is not paid.
Attorney Mark Jay Heller, who represents James talked to the New York Post about the situation.
“Although the recognition and inclusion of a transgender model in this collection of [Monroe] stamps is appreciated . . . the publisher . . . has not only failed and omitted to secure” James’ consent, “but has also failed to compensate him.”
“Hopefully," he adds, "his discriminatory conduct will be atoned for and redressed by immediately compensating Jimmy James in response to our legal demand seeking reasonable remuneration.”
The tribute stamp appears to have been produced by Stamperija under a national contract according to Pink News.
The publication was also able to get an archived image of the stamp after it was removed from the Stamperija agency's website.