Tuesday, October 26, 2021

New Orleans Rapper Sues Beyonce in Federal Court over ‘Formation’ Video

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*Beyonce is the target of yet another federal lawsuit linked to her 2016 anthem, “Formation,” this time from the star of the Oscar-nominated Hurricane Katrina documentary “Trouble the Water.”

The lawsuit was filed one day before Bey settled a separate year-long lawsuit that claimed she never got permission to use the voice of late New Orleans bounce artist Messy Mya (real name Anthony Barre) in the “Formation” and “Lemonade” recordings and music videos.

Angel Barre, the sister and sole heir of Messy Mya’s estate, filed the lawsuit on Feb. 6, 2017. Messy Mya, 22, was shot to death on Nov. 14, 2010 in the 7th Ward, near St. Anthony and North Rocheblave Streets.

The $20 million lawsuit was dismissed Monday (Feb. 5), just under a year after the suit was first filed. Court records show the case was settled with an agreement from both parties, but the terms of the settlement were not immediately clear.

Kimberly Roberts (L) in trailer for “Trouble the Water”

In a lawsuit filed Sunday, local rapper Kimberly Roberts claims Beyonce violated a contract for the use of the footage Roberts shot during Katrina and that was later used in “Trouble the Water.”

According to the lawsuit, Beyonce agreed to pay Roberts royalty fees as well as a fixed amount to use footage from her film in the “Formation” music video. However, the lawsuit claims the singer only paid Roberts for the initial licensing agreement and has since failed to pay her for royalties.

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