Popular reality show American Idol is suing a Texas strip club over its Stripper Idol contest.
Amateur strippers have 60 seconds to compete for a $500 cash prize in the Stripper Idol contest at Palazio Men's Club.
FremantleMedia North America, which owns the popular TV show, says the contest is a trademark violation that could mislead the public to think the show sponsors the event, The Dallas Morning News reported in Tuesday editions.
The company has filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the stripping contest.
Defendants are infringing upon FremantleMedia's trademark rights, the suit alleges. There is a substantial likelihood that consumers will be confused, misled or deceived as to the sponsorship ... of the defendants' stripper talent contest.
Club managers say the contest is in its 12th week and is growing in popularity with the locals.
It's lots of amateurs: women who come in with their husbands, ladies that come in with their friends. Last week we even had a big girl win, said Palazio club operations manager Scott Stevenson, according to Associated Press.
It's shocking. We're just a local company - it's not like we're some big threat.