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Lizzo is now suing her plagiarism accusers

A pair of brothers recently said they were owed songwriting credit for her hit ‘Truth Hurts’

Lizzo is suing a pair of songwriters who claim that they were not fully credited for their contribution to her hit song “Truth Hurts”. 

The songwriter brothers, Justin and Jeremiah Raisen, claimed last week that they were a part of an early writing session for the song which produced its most memorable line – “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100 percent that bitch.”

Justin posted to Instagram on October 15 that the pair had written a song called “Healthy” with Lizzo, “Jesse St John, and Yves Rothman” which contained the now famous line, but that it was taken for “Truth Hurts” instead. Lawyers for Lizzo responded in a statement to the New York Times saying that “The Raisens are not writers of ‘Truth Hurts’,” and now the pop star has decided to take legal action over the claims.

“Today we filed a lawsuit on Lizzo’s behalf to establish, in a court of law, that the Raisens are not writers of ‘Truth Hurts’ and have no right to profit from the song’s success,” Lizzo’s lawyer, Cynthia Arato, said in a statement. “Although it is all too commonplace for successful artists to be subjected to these types of opportunistic claims, it is nevertheless disappointing that Lizzo had to take this step to put an end to the Raisens’ false claims and their campaign of harassment.”

Lizzo herself put out a statement on Twitter yesterday (October 23) outlining her position once more. “Hey y’all… as I’ve shared before, in 2017, while working on a demo, I saw a meme that resonated with me, a meme that made me feel like 100% that bitch. I sang that line in the demo and I later used the line in ‘Truth Hurts’”. 

She added: “The men who now claim a piece of ‘Truth Hurts’ had nothing to do with the line or how I chose to sing it. There was no one in the room when I wrote it except me, Ricky Reed and my tears. That song is my life and its words are my truth.”

The Rolling Stone reports that Lizzo is also seeking damaged from fees relating to “costs” tied to revenue being lost from being unable to license “Truth Hurts” to third parties while this dispute continues.

Read what Lizzo had to say in full below: