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Artist Sues Val Kilmer Over Tumbleweed Sculptures

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    Artist Sues Val Kilmer Over Tumbleweed Sculptures
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    Val Kilmer attends an event where Flaunt Presents a private screening of Eva Dolezalova's "Carte Blanche" at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on June 14, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Flaunt)

    A Texas artist is suing Val Kilmer, saying the actor co-opted his work.

    Bale Creek Allen says in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that he had been creating golden-laden tumbleweed sculptures for years and selling them in galleries in Austin, Texas, and Santa Fe when he noticed Kilmer had begun selling "identical" pieces.

    Before the discovery, Allen says Kilmer had approached him about the sculptures, which the "Batman Forever" and "Tombstone" star ultimately said he could not afford. When the artist asked Kilmer to stop selling the pieces, the actor did not respond.

    Kilmer, who used to own a ranch outside of Santa Fe, began selling his own artwork a couple years ago. He could not immediately be reached late Thursday for comment.

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    The lawsuit filed in federal court in New Mexico seeks unspecified damages.

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