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    • On Friday, a judge granted singer Lizzo’s motion to dismiss a countersuit filed against her by three songwriters over her hit song Truth Hurts
    • Lizzo was accused of plagiarizing her most famous ‘DNA test’ lyric which brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen and Justin ‘Yves’ Rothman said they co-wrote with her for the 2017 song Healthy
    • In her order, the judge said that despite co-writing Healthy, the three other songwriters ‘have not alleged any ownership interest in Truth Hurts’
    • Lizzo had sued the Raisens and Rothman first, alleging they had already relinquished claims to the song but came back demanding money after Truth Hurts became a hit
    • The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six weeks straight and Lizzo took home the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance

    Lizzo is likely feeling a sense a relief now that a California judge has tossed out a lawsuit which accused her of stealing her most famous lyric from the hit Truth Hurts.

    Judge Dolly M. Gee granted the 32-year-old star’s motion to dismiss a countersuit filed by three songwriters who claimed she had plagiarized the well known line from them, according to The Hollywood Reporter

    Lizzo had first sued the same trio, brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen and Justin ‘Yves’ Rothman, seeking a judge to rule that they have no claim to the song. 

    Feeling good: On Friday, a judge granted singer Lizzo’s motion to dismiss a countersuit filed against her by three songwriters who accused her of plagiarizing her most famous lyric from Truth Hurts, according to The Hollywood Reporter 

    In the order, the judge agreed with Lizzo’s assertion that a ‘joint author of one copyrightable work does not automatically gain ownership of a derivative work.’

    In their countersuit, the three men repeated their longheld claims that Truth Hurts is strikingly similar to their song Healthy which they had composed with Lizzo in April 2017, just months before she penned Truth Hurts. 

    The judge explained in her order that just because the group may have written Healthy together, doesn’t mean the three other songwriters can stake a claim to the ‘derivative’ work, Truth Hurts. 

    ‘Without deciding who, in fact, authored the songs at issue, and without reviewing the songs’ recordings or lyrics, the Court can determine that Counterclaimants allege that the parties collaborated on, and finalized, one song — Healthy — before Lizzo allegedly copied portions of that song to make Truth Hurts,’ she penned in her order.

    Way back when: Brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen and Justin 'Yves' Rothman claimed that Lizzo stole her famous lyric from them during a co-songwriting session for the tune Healthy (Lizzo pictured with the Raisens)

    Way back when: Brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen and Justin ‘Yves’ Rothman claimed that Lizzo stole her famous lyric from them during a co-songwriting session for the tune Healthy (Lizzo pictured with the Raisens)

    ‘As a matter of law, therefore, even if Counterclaimants are co-authors of Healthy, they have not alleged any ownership interest in Truth Hurts, which they claim is a derivative work of Healthy.’ 

    The judge went on to say that the Raisens and Rothman could amend their original claim but warned that their ‘inconsistent allegations may be used to undermine a litigant’s credibility.’  

    In their original countersuit, the songwriters sought to prove that Truth Hurts was not written solely by Lizzo and was created at the home studio of Justin Raisen. 

    The suit included details from a musicologist who found ‘strikingly similar lyric and musical elements’ in Healthy and Truth Hurts.

    War of words: The judge explained in her order that just because the group may have written Healthy together, doesn't mean the three other songwriters can stake a claim to the 'derivative' work, Truth Hurts

    War of words: The judge explained in her order that just because the group may have written Healthy together, doesn’t mean the three other songwriters can stake a claim to the ‘derivative’ work, Truth Hurts

    Lizzo had initially filed a complaint against the Raisens alleging that they had previously signed a waiver relinquishing claims to the song but came back after Truth Hurts topped the charts and demanded five percent each for helping create the quotable line. 

    She pleaded her case in the court of public opinion last year on social media when she wrote a lengthy defense of herself and her lyric.

    ‘Truth Hurts… but the truth shall set you free,’ Lizzo captioned her Instagram. ‘Hey y’all…as I’ve shared before, in 2017, while working on a demo, I saw a meme that resonated with me, a meme that made me feel like 100% that b**ch.’ 

    ‘I sang that line in the demo, and I later used the line in Truth Hurts. The men who now claim a piece of Truth Hurts did not help me write any part of the song,’ Lizzo said in her social post, refuting those claims. ‘They had nothing to do with the line or how I chose to sing it.’ 

    Bad blood: Lizzo had initially filed a complaint against the Raisens alleging that they had previously signed a waiver relinquishing claims to the song but came back after Truth Hurts topped the charts and demanded five percent each for helping create the quotable line

    Bad blood: Lizzo had initially filed a complaint against the Raisens alleging that they had previously signed a waiver relinquishing claims to the song but came back after Truth Hurts topped the charts and demanded five percent each for helping create the quotable line 

    Ironically, the Raisens also admitted they hadn’t even come up with the lyric they were staking their claim on either and had actually adapted it from a line on Twitter, originally penned by British singer Mina Lioness.

    Mina was the first to accuse the rapper and flutist of pilfering the lyric in February 2018 who claimed she’d originally tweeted it a year before. 

    Ultimately Lizzo did concede that Mina was the originator of the phrase and went on to credit her in the post.

    ‘I later learned that a tweet inspired the meme. The creator of the tweet is the person I am sharing my success with…not these men. Period. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and my song. XOXO,’ Lizzo concluded. 

    Speaking out: Lizzo also pleaded her case in the court of public opinion last year on social media when she wrote a lengthy defense of herself saying that 'the men who now claim a piece of Truth Hurts did not help me write any part of the song.'

    Speaking out: Lizzo also pleaded her case in the court of public opinion last year on social media when she wrote a lengthy defense of herself saying that ‘the men who now claim a piece of Truth Hurts did not help me write any part of the song.’

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