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Lizzo reaches a settlement over years-long Truth Hurts songwriting lawsuit


Lizzo reaches a settlement over years-long Truth Hurts songwriting lawsuit – as both sides prepare to cough up their respective legal fees

Lizzo has reached a settlement over the songwriting credits for viral sleeper hit Truth Hurts. 

The Good As Hell hitmaker has been locked in a legal battle over the track since 2019 after she was accused of lifting the ‘melody, lyrics and chords’ from a demo titled Healthy, including one of its most famous lines, ‘I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that b****’. 

Lizzo, 33, denied the allegations and sued brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen and Justin ‘Yves’ Rothman over their claims.

Done and dusted: Lizzo has reached a settlement over years-long Truth Hurts songwriting lawsuit - as both sides prepare to cough up their respective legal fees (pictured March 2022)

Done and dusted: Lizzo has reached a settlement over years-long Truth Hurts songwriting lawsuit – as both sides prepare to cough up their respective legal fees (pictured March 2022)

She sought a ‘judicial declaration’ that the trio ‘did not co-author’ the song and as such ‘have no right to co-own that work or to share in its profits.’

The writers subsequently countersued Lizzo.

And on Friday, attorneys for both sides stated the parties had reached a settlement and asked for ‘dismissal of the entire action without prejudice’.

Legalities: The Good As Hell hitmaker has been locked in a legal battle over the track since 2019 after she was accused of lifting the 'melody, lyrics and chords' from a demo titled Healthy (pictured March 2022)

Legalities: The Good As Hell hitmaker has been locked in a legal battle over the track since 2019 after she was accused of lifting the ‘melody, lyrics and chords’ from a demo titled Healthy (pictured March 2022)

A federal judge has moved to make the dismissal, and although no details of the agreement have been made public, each side will be required to pay their own legal fees, Rolling Stone reports.

District Judge Dolly M. Gee previously agreed with Lizzo’s claim that ‘a joint author of one copyrightable work does not automatically gain ownership of a derivative work in which the joint author had no hand in creating.’

She also added that the songwriters themselves had claimed Healthy was recorded as a ‘standalone’ song and was not a demo for Truth Hurts. 

Standing her ground: Lizzo, 33, denied the allegations and sued brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen and Justin 'Yves' Rothman over their claims (pictured February 2020)

Standing her ground: Lizzo, 33, denied the allegations and sued brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen and Justin ‘Yves’ Rothman over their claims (pictured February 2020)

Settled: A federal judge has moved to make the dismissal, and although no details of the agreement have been made public, each side will be required to pay their own legal fees (Lizzo pictured January 2022)

Settled: A federal judge has moved to make the dismissal, and although no details of the agreement have been made public, each side will be required to pay their own legal fees (Lizzo pictured January 2022)

The trap hit, which has amassed an impressive 804.3million streams to date, was originally released on September 19, 2017, but then re-released as a radio single in 2019.

Elsewhere, Lil Nas X recently teased that a collaboration with the Juice singer is on the cards.

Speaking in September, he said: ‘I was actually talking to Lizzo a few weeks ago [about this]. I feel that it’s definitely going to happen.

‘It’s going to be a banger bop, everyone’s going to love it and [Radio 1 is] going to play it three billion times.’

New music? Elsewhere, Lil Nas X recently teased that a collaboration with the Juice singer is on the cards (the musicians pictured August 2019)

New music? Elsewhere, Lil Nas X recently teased that a collaboration with the Juice singer is on the cards (the musicians pictured August 2019) 

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