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Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ Found Guilty of Copying Christian Rap Song

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Katy Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” copied a 2009 Christian rap song, a jury found on Monday.

via ABC:

Monday’s decision returned by a nine-member federal jury in a Los Angeles courtroom came five years after Marcus Gray and two co-authors first sued alleging “Dark Horse” stole from “Joyful Noise,” a song Gray released under the stage name Flame.

The case now goes to a penalty phase, where the jury will decide how much the plaintiffs are owed for copyright infringement.

Gray’s attorneys argued that the beat and instrumental line featured through nearly half of “Dark Horse” are substantially similar to those of “Joyful Noise.”

“Dark Horse,” a hybrid of pop, trap and hip-hop sounds that was the third single of Perry’s 2013 album “Prism,” spent four weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in early 2014, and earned Perry a Grammy nomination.

Perry’s attorneys argued that the song sections in question represent the kind of simple musical elements that if found to be subject to copyright would hurt music and all songwriters.

“They’re trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone,” Perry’s lawyer Christine Lepera said during closing arguments Thursday.

Perry and the song’s co-authors, including her producer Dr. Luke, testified during the seven-day trial that none of them had heard the song or heard of Gray before the lawsuit, nor did they listen to Christian music.

Gray’s attorneys had only to demonstrate, however, that “Joyful Noise” had wide dissemination and could have been heard by Perry and her co-authors, and provide as evidence that it had millions of plays on YouTube and Spotify, and that the album it’s included on was nominated for a Grammy.

“They’re trying to shove Mr. Gray into some gospel music alleyway that no one ever visits,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Michael A. Kahn during closing arguments, when he also pointed out that Perry had begun her career as a Christian artist.

The 34-year-old pop superstar and “American Idol” judge brought laughs to the proceedings when she testified during its second day, and her lawyers were having technical troubles getting “Dark Horse” to play in the courtroom.

“I could perform it live,” Perry said.

No performance was necessary after the audio issues were fixed. Jurors heard both songs played back-to-back in their entirety at the end of closing arguments this week.

Perry was not present for the reading of the verdict Monday afternoon.

Listen to the similarities in both songs below.

Tiffany Haddish’s Ex-Husband Sues Over Abuse Allegations

Tiffany Haddish’s Ex-Husband Sues Over Abuse Allegations, Claims He Only Choked Her During Sex

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William Stewart is suing Tiffany as well as Simon & Schuster, the publisher of her meimoir, over the chapter alleging that he abused and stalked her during their marriage.

Tiffany never mentioned William by name in the book, but the former couple married and divorced twice.

via Page Six:

Stewart claimed in his suit that he sent Haddish, 38, and Simon & Schuster multiple letters to resolve the “harmful and defamatory” assertions in the chapter, “The Ex-Husband,” before filing the suit. He claims that Haddish replied “be patient your blessings are coming” and “start to think positive so positive things can come your way. Because your blessings are waiting on you.”

He also claimed in his suit that the restraining order she received during their marriage was dropped after she “recanted the allegations” and “pled with law enforcement to dismiss the TRO because it was untrue. In fact, she confessed to attacking Mr. Stewart.”

He also said that she told Dom Irrera in a 2012 interview that Stewart never beat her, but he “just choked [her] a little bit.” Stewart claimed that he can prove that she “regularly requested Mr. Stewart to become more aggressive with her during sex, including, among other things, to choke her as a part of their sexual intercourse.”

Stewart is seeking over $1 million for defamation, libel, and slander.

Trey Songz Sued By Cop for Alleged Assault

Trey Songz is still dealing with fallout from that Detroit show in 2016 where he lost his temper on stage.

He’s now being sued by a cop who claims the singer punched him in the face with a closed fist during the incident.

via TMZ:

Sgt. Robert Avery says on December 28, 2016, he was working crowd control at Trey’s concert at the Joe Louis Arena. During the performance, Trey said, “if a n**** cut me off I’m goin’ the f*** crazy.”

The reference was to the fact the venue turned off the stage lighting because the concert had run too long.

Trey ended up hurling heavy equipment off the stage and then jumped off the stage himself, picked up a mic stand, threw it and hit a photographer … who’s also suing.

Sgt. Avery arrested Trey, tried to take him into custody when he says Trey fought him and struck him in the face. The officer fell to the ground and hit his head on the concrete. He allegedly suffered visible bruising and swelling to his right temple, as well as a contusion to his left forehead … he also hurt his hip.

The cop says Trey hurled hateful comments, including, “F*** you cracker. White motherf******. F*** all you honkeys and f*** the police.”

Trey was arrested and charged with assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer as well as aggravated assault. He pled guilty to 2 counts of disturbing the peace.

The docs say Songz refused to cooperate during the booking process.

 

Timbaland Settles $440k Bill w/ Divorce Lawyers

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According to theJasmineBRAND.com, Timbaland has settled his $440k beef with his former divorce lawyers, who had accused the music producer of screwing them over when it came time to pay. The law firm has dropped all liens against his property & assets.

On July 13th, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt law firm filed a release and satisfaction of charging lien in the divorce, explaining Timbaland has finally settled his unpaid legal bills and the entire $440k has been paid in full. With the lien now being released from his assets and property, he can surely find some peace.

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To go back for a minute,  Monique Mosley, first filed for divorce in 2013 following 10 years together and 5 years of marriage. They share a minor daughter together. At the time, she demanded he pay her alimony, child support, private school expenses, vacation costs and various other expenses.

The divorce was dismissed quietly a year later due to her dropping the case. The reconciliation attempts didn’t work and Monique filed again in June 2015.

The divorce was finalized in March following years of battling it out in court. Prior to the case being closed, Timbaland’s divorce law firm Carlton Fields slapped their client with a charging lien over unpaid invoices for their work, to the tune of $440,000. The lawyer explained he was hired by Timbaland to represent him in the divorce back in September 2015.

A charging lien is filed when an attorney is owed money and it allows them a right to any judgement won by their client at the resolution of the case.

The amount of the lien due to the firm is $440,193.90 through November 2016 for any sums due, owing and unpaid. Work has continued and the amount due to the firm continues to grow with interest.

 

 

 

‘Real Housewives of Potomac’ Star Karen Huger & Husband Ray Owe Millions in Back Taxes

Karen and Ray Huger, stars of Bravo’s ‘The Real Housewives of Potomac,’ reportedly owe nearly $1.5 million in back-due federal taxes.

Ray’s company owes more than $3 million.

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via Washington Post:

A major plot point of the show, whose finale was last weekend, involved cast members questioning whether the couple’s finances were as gold-plated as they portrayed them. (So wait, some things on reality TV are actually real?) Fueling the on-screen speculation was the Hugers’ sale of their Potomac home in August for $1.685 million, far less than its listing price of $2.5 million and its county-assessment value of $2.37 million.

It seems the suspicious pals were right: Something’s amiss. The government has a $1.468 million lien against Ray Huger, 70, a former IBM executive who founded software and consulting company Paradigm Solutions in 1991, according to an April 26 filing in Fairfax County Circuit Court. Paradigm Solutions, where Huger is the president and chief executive, also has a $3.06 million lien against it, Montgomery County Circuit Court records show.

“It’s a private matter; it’s being addressed,” Huger said in a brief interview Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the couple have moved into a home in Great Falls, Va., leading some of the Potomac cast to wonder whether the geographic shift disqualifies Karen Huger, 54, from her queen-bee-of-Potomac-ladies status (though several of the others also live outside Potomac, so it seems the Maryland suburb is more a state of mind than a Zip code).

And no matter her locale, money woes certainly wouldn’t count Huger out of a potential third season for the franchise (Bravo hasn’t said whether the Potomac franchise is being re-upped), but if past is precedent, they’d only provide more drama to the show.

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