Lizzo Files Lawsuit Against Justin & Jeremiah Raisen Claiming False Accusations Of Plagiarism On “Truth Hurts”
Lizzo, 31, the singer/songwriter and rapper, has recently been accused of plagiarism and stealing the lyrics in one of her top songs.
Two brothers, Justin and Jeremiah Raisen, have recently made claims that they had a major role in the creation of “Truth Hurts.” On October 15, Justin took to Instagram to inform the public about the hit song’s creation, claiming that they were the co-writers with Lizzo. They have demanded 20 percent of the song’s profits. Today, “Truth Hurts” has remained No.1 on the Hot Billboard 100 chart for over 5 weeks, and has garnered more than 352.8 million streams.
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The Truth about “Truth Hurts” On April 11th, 2017, we wrote a song called “Healthy” w/ Lizzo, Jesse St John, and Yves Rothman at our studio. “I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch” was taken from “Healthy” and used in “Truth Hurts”. We were never contacted about being credited for the use of the parts of “Healthy” (melody, lyrics, and chords) that appear in “Truth Hurts”. After reaching out to Ricky Reed and Lizzo’s team about fixing it, we put the song in dispute in 2017 when it came out. We’ve tried to sort this out quietly for the last two years, only asking for 5% each but were shutdown every time. Coming forward publicly to family, friends, artists, and colleagues seems to be the only way at this point in relieving some of our emotional distress caused by this. 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. Shout out to the singer Mina Lioness ( @minalioness ) for tweeting “I just did a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch”. A meme of that came up in our writing session & inspired the lyric and melody we wrote together. If Ricky and Lizzo’s team decide to settle this dispute with us, we would like to share some of the proceeds with Mina for her influence on Healthy. The clip below shows a video & photos from the day we wrote “Healthy” along with the comparisons between the two works. All the Love, Justin & Jeremiah Raisen #lizzo #truthhurts #healthy #billboard
On October 23, Lizzo filed a lawsuit in California federal court against the brothers declaring that the Raisens were not instrumental in “Truth Hurts” and creating the song’s signature catch phrases: “I just took a DNA test, turns out I”m 100% that bitch.”
The singer’s lawyers also made a statement: “The Raisens did not collaborate with Lizzo or anyone else to create the 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, as the lawsuit makes abundantly clear. Although it is all too commonplace for successful artists to be subjected to these type 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.”