A Los Angeles-based artist has come out with a public accusation against Lizzo for having stolen parts of their collaborative effort, “Healthy,” recorded in April of 2017, for her latest hit, “Truth Hurts.”
Sharing images of his writing session with Lizzo, Jesse St. John, Yves Rothman and his own brother, the artist, named Justin Raisen, posted a lengthy explanation on Instagram.
Raisen claimed that the now-viral line, “I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that b-ch,” was originally featured in “Healthy” and that their hitherto silent efforts to obtain credits or compensation have been futile.
Raisen also shared that the line was taken directly from a tweet posted by the London-based singer, Mina Lioness.
“The last thing we want to do is throw any negativity toward Lizzo’s momentum and movement as a cultural figure. If we believe in what she’s preaching, believing in ourselves & our own voices is something we thought she’d understand,” he wrote.
The singer’s attorney, Cynthia Arato, has denied the claims, saying, “The Raisens are not writers of ‘Truth Hurts.'”
“They did not collaborate with Lizzo or anyone else to create this song, and they did not help write any of the material that they now seek to profit from, which is why they expressly renounced any claim to the work, in writing, months ago,” she said in an official statement.
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