Published: 20-Jul-2012 10:36
A tribute singer has vowed to fight Meat Loaf's lawsuit alleging he is a "fraudulent impostor", insisting he no longer looks like the rocker after losing weight.
The Bat Out of Hell star, real name Michael Aday, has accused Dean Torkington of causing brand name confusion by registering his act under the web domain MeatLoaf.org.
Meat Loaf is suing for $100,000 in damages, but the 50-year-old Brit is adamant he has lost his resemblance to the star after shedding 69 kilograms in the past two years through dieting.
He says, "I have every intention of defending this to protect my good name and will not be bullied in this way. I am not guilty of passing myself off as him...
"To be honest, losing all the weight wasn't good for a Meat Loaf tribute act anyway. His pursuit of me through the courts has left me thinking differently about him. I do include some of his music in the show but I see it more as a tribute to the songs rather than the man."