Jamaican dancer L’Antoinette Stines has filed a case against Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z, for not giving her proper recognition for her contribution in their song ‘Black Effect’.
According to some papers TMZ obtained from the federal court on Tuesday, Stines alleged that Beyoncé and Jay-Z sought her out in March, 2018 to help them find the best dancers for a video promoting their tour.
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L’Antoinette further stated that the couple also asked her to record her views on ‘love’ and she accepted to help because she was allegedly told the video would be used “for promotional purposes”.
However, in the documents obtained by the outlet, Stines said she was shocked when she heard ‘Black Effect,’ from The Carters’ ‘Everything Is Love’ album.
According to her, the entire first minute of the song is of her speaking. That left her feeling “artistically raped”. She feels she’s not getting the credit she deserves for her part in the song.
This led to her filing a lawsuit against the Carters for copyright infringement and violation of her right to publicity.
She’s also asking for damages and a writing credit on the song – as well as the royalties which come with such a credit.
Meanwhile, as at the time of this write-up, the couple are yet to say anything regarding the lawsuit.