Since Lizzo became a number one hit maker, it seems all kinds of skeletons are popping up in an attempt to detract from her talent, including recent plagiarism accusations. But Lizzo and her camp are not going down without a fight.
Music producer Justin Raisen took to social media to accuse Lizzo of plagiarizing a song called “Healthy,” that he co-wrote with the flutist. Both “Healthy” and “Truth Hurts” share the opening line, “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that bitch.”
Lizzo addressed the comparison telling her social media fans, “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 explained on Instagram.
“The men who now claim a piece of ‘Truth Hurts’ did not help me write any part of the song.”
She continued to defend the originality of the chart-topping single, saying, “”They had nothing to do with the line or how I chose to sing it. There was no one in the room when I wrote ‘Truth Hurts,’ except me, Ricky Reed, and my tears. That song is my life, and its words are my truth.”
Her team also launched a lawsuit against Raisen, saying the producer has “no right to profit off the song’s success.”
The statement to E! news from Lizzo’s attorney reads, “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. 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.”
These accusations come amid another alleged plagiarism scandal involving Lizzo’s song “Juice.” CeCe Peniston claims Lizzo stole her ‘Ya Ya’ ad lib from her dance track, “Finally.”