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HBO wins 'Johnny Bananas' lawsuit brought by 'Real World' alum

HBO wins 'Johnny Bananas' lawsuit brought by 'Real World' alum

No one makes a monkey out of HBO. The pay cable network successfully defeated a lawsuit brought by Real World: Key West star John “Johnny Bananas” Devenanzio, that alleged the cartoon character “Johnny Bananas” from Entourage’s final season caused Devenanzio emotional distress and defamed him.

The issues in the lawsuit — which also named Entourage creator Doug Ellin and HBO (and EW) parent company Time Warner — included whether nicknames are protected under law, and whether the Entourage writers intended to harm Devenanzio by naming the cartoon monkey voiced by the fictional Johnny “Drama” Chase (Kevin Dillon), “Johnny Bananas.”

According to court documents obtained by EW,

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