According to TMZ, Dan “Punkass” Caldwell and Tim “Skyscrape” Katz , the surviving owners of TapouT clothing, are being sued for stealing the cremated ashes of Charles “Mask” Lewis from his sister, Carla.
Lewis, the third owner and frontman for the popular MMA apparel company, was killed by a drunk driver in March of 2009. Based on Carla’s lawsuit, Skyscrape and Punkass asked her to “borrow” their dear friend’s ashes and urn for a public memorial service.
Although Carla agreed to lend the ashes out at the time, she insisted both co-owners return Mask’s remains to her immediately following the ceremony. According Carla, that never happened. Not only has she not received anything back, she claims when she arrived to the memorial service, there was “a large shoebox-size box containing several miniature vials that were on display.”
A vendor allegedly informed Carla, “each of the vials contained a small amount of the cremated remains of Mask, and were reserved for, and to be given to, ‘special people’ whose names were on a printed list.”
Carla claims there were roughly 50 to 100 vials either “sold, given away, donated or otherwise distributed to several unknown persons.” Making matter worse, she states the TapouT figureheads are still in possession of the urn and what’s left of Mask’s ashes and refuse to return them.
Carla is suing TapouT for unspecified damages in San Bernardino County, CA. She is citing “overwhelming and severe emotional distress.”
(UPDATED 5/11/11 at 10:59AM PT)
Punkass tweeted the following in response today’s report:
“Sad [expletive]! Relatives who hadnt talked to Charles in 10 years now comin out to get money! Not his Ashes! Anyway his ashes belong to his kids!”