Lizzo has found herself in a legal dispute once more.
For, the GRAMMY winner is being sued over her song ‘Coconut Oil’ and is accused of allegedly using the audio from a mutual relative’s funeral without permission.
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According to Detriot News, Detroit resident Orlandus Dunning is seeking $750,000 in the lawsuit. He is claiming that he “suffered anguish, embarrassment and outrage” after the song was released by Atlantic Records.
According to the suit:
“When Plaintiff sang the devotional, it was at a private funeral and done for the specific purpose of uplifting his family and friends during their time of bereavement”
“(Dunning) had a reasonable expectation of privacy and that his voice would not be heard publicly, as the funeral where he sang was held privately and open only to family and close friends.”
It goes on to say that he would never approve of the sample because the song and its message are “contradictory to his own brand and beliefs as an ordained elder.”
Dunning filed the lawsuit in Wayne Circuit Court in December; however, it was moved to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
The ‘Coconut Oil’ project served as Lizzo’s debut EP and hosted the songs ‘Good As Hell’ and the title track.
As of the time of reporting, neither Lizzo nor her team has publicly responded to the suit.