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Psychic Sues Nintendo for Evil Monster

November 02, 2000|From Associated Press

Psychic spoon-bender Uri Geller sued Nintendo for hundreds of millions of dollars Wednesday, claiming that the Japanese game maker turned him into an "evil, occult Pokemon character" by naming a monster in the blockbuster cartoon series after him.

And both he and his lawyer suggested that there were elements of anti-Semitism in the character's depiction.

Geller, a former Israeli paratrooper famous for using mysterious mental powers to bend spoons, said that Nintendo Co. "debased" his name with the Pokemon character, a monster named "Yun Geller" who carries a spoon and uses psychic mind-waves to give his victims bad headaches.

A Redmond, Wash., spokesman for Nintendo of America Inc., the company's U.S. subsidiary, said he could not immediately comment on the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

"Nintendo turned me into an evil, occult Pokemon character," Geller said in a statement. "Nintendo stole my identity by using my name and my signature image of a bent spoon."

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