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Oct062011

MTV Star Sues HBO for 'Johnny's Bananas' Reference in 'Entourage'

Paul Zimmerman/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- An MTV reality star is going bananas over what he claims was the unflattering use of his nickname on the final season of Entourage. The Hollywood Reporter says former Real World cast member John "Johnny Bananas" Devenanzio is suing HBO and Entourage creator Doug Ellin, claiming the comedy made "unwarranted, unauthorized, and unfavorable mention" of his name and personality when Kevin Dillon's character, Johnny Drama, lent his voice to an ape-and-monkey-themed cartoon titled Johnny's Bananas.

Devenanzio, who previously sent HBO a cease-and-desist letter, claims he suffered emotional distress as a result of the Entourage story line. He wants to prevent HBO from distributing episodes containing the Johnny's Bananas reference, and is also seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

Dillon has said neither he nor Ellin were aware of Devenanzio when it incorporated Johnny's Bananas into the show. Entourage completed its seventh and final season last month.

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