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Shirley Caesar files contempt order over #UNameItChallenge, claiming $5M in losses, damage to image & brand

The fun is over y'all.

UPDATE: After the initial CBS 46 report of a lawsuit, Caesar's team has since released a statement that there is not an actual lawsuit, and they filed a contempt order after DJ Suede and his team failed to take the video down. 

Reported earlier: 

How many people are actually still participating in the #UNameItChallenge? 

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Well, in any case, Shirley Caesar is tired of y'all using the #UNameItChallenge to in non-Christian-like ways and thinks she is owed a massive payday due to an unauthorized version of the song that has been released.

According to CBS 46, Caesar's attorney says she is suing Atlanta's DJ Suede, whose real name is Keenan Webb, over what they "unauthorized use of her sermon and song." They claim that Webb's video which was created after the #UNameItChallenge went viral, has cost her over $5 million in losses.

Caesar's lead attorney, James Walker, says Webb's video "violate the brand, image and name of a Christian pastor" with "several images of alcohol."

Former TV judge Glenda Hatchett is also working with them on the case and says that Webb's video jeopardized a deal Caesar was working on with Snoop Dogg, and the proceeds from that would have gone to help feed the hungry.

"DJ Suede and his management were in conversations with her lawyer. They didn't reach an agreement and they put it out anyway," said Hatchett.

The legal team says the initial video done by DJ Suede was a "hit with Caesar and her family," but unknown to them, he made a second version, which is now sold on iTunes.

"Snoop did his clean version to send the message that 'this is Shirley Caesar', We need to honor her," said Walker.

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