Today, the estate of legendary thoroughbred Seabiscuit filed a lawsuit against Philadelphia Union forward Sebastien Le Toux. The suit claims that Le Toux violated Pennsylvania right of publicity laws which protect celebrities from having their likenesses exploited for commercial gain without their permission.
Specifically, the suit claims that Le Toux has “knowingly and willfully exploited his uncanny resemblance to the legendary racehorse in order to secure valuable endorsements.”
Le Toux, who is a spokesperson for Continuex deworming products, Harmohn Kraft bridles, and Jeffers stable supplies, has denied any wrongdoing.
“Any claim that I am impersonating Seabiscuit is absolute absurdité,” said Le Toux, “We look nothing alike. Even a blind person can see that I have a more pronounced throatlatch and my forelock is much more closely cropped.”
This lawsuit is just the latest controversy for Le Toux, who has risen this year from relative obscurity on the Seattle Sounder’s bench to a potential MVP candidate with the Union. Just last week, the Philadelphia Inquirer published accusations that Le Toux’s turnaround in performance is the result of a hefty regimen of equine steroids and Lasix. Le Toux has so far refused to address those allegations.