Swift sued over Shake It Off lyrics
Pop star Taylor Swift is being sued for $42m for allegedly stealing lyrics to her hit 2014 song “Shake It Off.”
According to the BBC, US singer Jesse Braham has claimed in legal papers that Swift stole the words from a song he wrote in 2013 called Haters Gone Hate.
As well as the monetary compensation, Braham also wants his name added as a writer on the track.
Representatives for Swift have yet to officially comment on the legal case.
“Shake It Off” topped music charts around the world and reached number two in the UK. The video for the song has been watched more than 1.1 billion times on YouTube.
Separately, Swift on Wednesday had demanded a trial of a radio host she accuses of groping her, saying she hopes to stand up for other women who have been assaulted.
The singer asked for the trial in a legal counterclaim against David Mueller, who last month sued the singer as he charged he was wrongly dismissed from his job at a Denver radio station over the June 2013 incident.
In the original lawsuit, Mueller said that Swift’s bodyguards and staff “verbally abused” him as they accused the radio host of fondling the singer while posing for a picture backstage before her show at a Denver arena.
But in the response filed Wednesday in a Denver court, Swift said that Mueller was clearly the culprit. “Ms. Swift was forced to begin a several-hour long concert in front of 13,000 fans still distressed that she had been so inappropriately touched,” the legal filing said. The counterclaim said that Swift, then 23, felt especially uncomfortable as the radio host was much larger than her at 6-foot-3 (1.9 meters) and more than 200 pounds (90 kilograms). Swift requested a jury trial seeking punitive damages from Mueller, saying that any money would be donated to charitable groups that protect women.