Attorneys at law Fox Rothschild LLP, representing Angela Bassett, have advised the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to immediately stop using the actor’s name and image in connection with the Tourism Board’s marketing or promotional efforts.
This comes after the government of Antigua announced last week that Bassett would become the country’s newest Tourism Ambassador, despite no formal arrangement being made.
In a letter dated 10 May 2023, the lawyers requested discussions with the Tourism Board regarding the duties, responsibilities, timeframe, and approvals required of Bassett for the Ambassadorship position.
They also accused the Department of Tourism of using Bassett’s photos for commercial purposes without prior approvals.
The letter demanded that the Tourism Board stop using Bassett’s name, image, and biographical information in association with the “Tourism Ambassador” designation until a mutual agreement reflecting Bassett’s acceptance of the position and outlining her obligations and protections is reached.
The Department of Tourism has until 15 May 2023 to acknowledge receipt of the correspondence and confirm that all uses of Bassett’s name and image have been removed by the Tourism Board or its licensees.(First reported by Antiguan Trumpet)