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‘Obama lookalike’ sues Chinese store that used his face to sell its clothes

Global Times (2013-10-25 P11)
By Global Times – Agencies
An "Obama lookalike" is seeking 600,000 yuan ($98,640) from a Chinese clothing store that used his portrait to promote its business without his permission, Beijing Times reported Thursday.

Ilham Anas from Indonesia has attracted widespread media attention for his looks, which some people see as "uncanny" resemblance to US President Barack Obama. Like Obama, Anas is of American and Kenyan descent. His new life as an Obama double started after the November 2008 election.

"My colleagues played a practical joke on me - they made me wear a suit, a tie, and took pictures of me posing as Obama," Anas told Reuters.

Anas was even stopped by a reporter at an airport in Malaysia and asked, "Are you Obama?" the BBC reported.

His popularity quickly reached beyond Indonesian borders and into China, where he was asked to star in a number of Chinese commercials.

But after Obama began his second term in office, the unnamed Chinese company allegedly started printing ads with Anas' portrait on them without asking him first.

Anas said that the ads caused huge financial losses for him because it cost him many lucrative opportunities to endorse a number of other products.

But the clothing company said that it had nothing to do with the ads and is asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed.

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