Bad news for ‘Good as Hell’ singer Lizzo.
Just a month after nabbing the ‘Best Pop Solo Performance’ Grammy at the 2020 ceremony for her massive #1 hit, ‘Truth Hurts,’ the song is at the center of a plagiarism controversy.
Ignited last year when Liz (born Melissa Jefferson) took to the courts to combat rumors she failed to properly credit co-writers (click here to read more on that), murmurs around the topic had hushed until the defendants in that claim clapped back with a countersuit recently.
Singer-songwriters Justin Raisen, Jeremiah Raisen, and Justin “Yves” Rothman countersued Lizzo over claims the Grammy winner made regarding her 2019 chart-topper, ‘Truth Hurts.’ Filed in a California federal court (February 28), the Raisens and Rotham double down on their assertion they worked with Jefferson on a demo that eventually was transformed into the current version of ‘Hurts.’
“The lawsuit includes excerpts from alleged text message exchanges with producer Ricky Reed, which appear to show Reed reaching out to Justin Raisen after “Truth Hurts” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. “I want this resolved,” Reed appears to say to Raisen in the text messages.
In addition to Lizzo, the Raisens and Rothman name producer Ricky Reed, as well as credited “Truth Hurts” co-writers jesse saint john and Tele in the countersuit. They are asking for Lizzo’s lawsuit to be thrown out, to be given ownership of the demo “Healthy,” and to be given co-ownership of and appropriate royalties from “Truth Hurts.””
As of time reported, Liz has not made a public statement regarding the counterclaim.