Kiely Williams Hits Back At Taylor Swift Fans Over “Hate Messages” For 3LW’s “Shake It Off” Lawsuit

Published: Friday 12th Aug 2022 by Rashad

Taylor Swift may have thought she shook off a copyright infringement claim against her 2014 megahit ‘Shake It Off’ when the case – brought on by the writers of 3LW‘s 2001 tune ‘Playas Gon Play’ – was dismissed in 2018, but to her surprise an appeals court revived the legal dispute and is deferring to a jury with the first hearing set for September 19.

In a motion to dismiss (as we reported here), Swift not only alleged she was the sole writer of ‘Shake’ but that there was no way she could have stolen content from 3LW as she had never heard of them or their song before the lawsuit.

The ongoing drama has sent Swift’s fans, affectionately called #Swifties, into an uproar with many of them taking their frustration out on the three members of the defunct R&B trio.

Kiely Williams, the group’s resident rapper, has grown weary of the online attacks and took to Instagram Friday (August 12) to explain why she nor former bandmates, Naturi Naughton and Adrienne Bailon, have anything to do with the copyright kerfuffle.


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In a 5-minute video uploaded to her personal IG, the ‘No More’ hitmaker says she wants no more of the antics of the angry fans – many of whom have misguided anger, she believes.

“It has nothing to do with me,” said Williams. “We did not write ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ and I’m not defending Adrienne or Naturi, but it’s true. So don’t come on their page. Don’t say anything. Nobody’s suing [Taylor].”

The lawsuit is actually being helmed by the song’s writers, Sean Hall and Nate Butler, who allege Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ lifted the lyrics “players gon play” and “haters gonna hate” from 3LW’s 2001 single without permission.  It should be noted Hall also produced the R&B trio’s tune.

Williams says she’s finally addressing the hoopla due to the “increasing number of hate messages” she’s received from #Swifties regarding the topic.

“The point of all of this is to say and to educate you all since that’s not being done. We didn’t write the song. We’re not suing Taylor Swift. We aren’t even a thing,” said Kiely. “I’m speaking for myself, but what’s right is right. [Adrienne and Naturi] didn’t write the song either. They don’t deserve any kind of flack for it and the whole bringing our actual names into it.”

And although the 36-year-old says she isn’t taking sides on the matter, she does want herself, Bailon, and Naughton left out of the drama.

“I really felt compelled just because it’s been escalating. I’ve been watching it and I’m like, ‘Oh, I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care. I’m good.’ But like what? Okay. You’ve never heard of [the song]. Okay, that’s your defense. That’s fine. But please educate people on the fact that it has nothing to do with us. When you say things like that, it’s inflammatory. Because now, once you bring the group’s name into it, it becomes like these money-grabbing bitches are just trying to take some of Taylor’s coins. Nope. I don’t want her coins,” Williams shared.

At writing, Adrienne, Taylor, nor Naturi have weighed in on Kiely’s video statement.  Press PLAY to watch it in full above.

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  1. Scooter stan August 13, 2022

    Thieving lying flop 😴 No wonder I never felt bad for what scooter baurn did to her.

  2. eric August 13, 2022

    I have NEVER seen Kiely be so cool, calm, and likeable. Complete opposite of what she’s been in the past. She’s actually defending her bandmates for a change, no shade, and just all-around respectful to all involved parties. I hope she stays this way.

  3. True Tea August 13, 2022

    Taylor “drama” Swift…

  4. Roberta FlackSabbath August 13, 2022

    Taylor Swift stans and Beyonce stans are equally vicious and nuts. Neither of those women want their fans to behave this way, but they don’t really go out of their way to make them stop.

  5. marilyn monh-O-E ® 👠(#1 DIVA) August 13, 2022

    Yesss get that skinny white b I t c h 💅🏾 She’s way too overrated in some points. Carly Rae Jepsen is wayyyyyy better than this promiscuous sheep 🐑

  6. Lisa trump August 13, 2022

    OMG Taylor Swift still makes music?
    Who knew!

    Anyways, give them men they money H**. U may have never heard of 3LW but b**** u heard of the song..whether it’s from a movie, commercial or just someone singing it …

  7. Bettie clayton August 13, 2022

    F SwiftUI’s Taylor a horrible singer only popular with white filk

  8. XTINA August 13, 2022

    I said this when the song dropped

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