Gael García Bernal to Receive Major Payout From Diageo
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Mexico’s Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Actor Whose Image was Used Without Permission in Scotch Whisky Advertising Campaign

Gael García Bernal

Mexican actor Gael García Bernal attends Donostia award red carpet at Kursaal during 67th San Sebastian International Film Festival on Sept. 27, 2019, in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that global beverage company Diageo must compensate actor Gael García Bernal (“Bad Education”) for the unauthorized use of his image in an advertising campaign for Diageo’s Johnnie Walker scotch whisky, reported Infobae.

Bernal claimed Diageo used images of him and his family without consent in the ad, titled “Walking with Giants,” which was aired at least 22 times in September and October 2011. As a result, Diageo Mexico will have to pay Bernal 40% of the revenue it obtained from sales of Johnnie Walker whisky during the period the ad ran. How much money that will end up being has not been announced.

The legal battle has been ongoing for more than eight years. IN 2019, a court ruled in favor of Bernal, ordering Diageo Mexico to pay him the 40%. Diageo appealed the verdict, and on Nov. 17, the Supreme Court confirmed upheld the previous decision.

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