Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been keeping you up to date with the latest happenings regarding the recent lawsuit filed by Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss against her former cast member, Kim Zolciak over song, “Tardy for the Party,” which Burruss composed for Zolciak, but claims that she was never properly compensated for. Since the filing of the suit, there has been a lot of public back forth between Zolciak and Burruss. While Zolciak claims that Burruss is doing nothing but seeking to garner ratings for her show, Burruss says she’s simply seeking to recover what’s rightfully owed to her. Now, in an attempt to save face and make her opponent look thirsty and desperate, Kim is getting even louder with her claims. Although she had already stated in an interview that she believed Kandi’s lawsuit was “nothing short of a publicity stunt,” she recently issued an official press statement reiterating her stance through her spokesman, Mike Paul. The statement reads:
“The lawsuit led by Kandi Burruss and Rodney Richard aka Don Vito against Kim Zolciak-Biermann over the song ‘Tardy For The Party’ is without merit and suspicious in its timing. We also find the handling of the lawsuit by another cast member on the show, and the timing of Kandi’s attempt to launch her own spinoff reality show, raises serious questions about the true motives behind the filing this lawsuit for alleged record royalties due from a song that was released over three and a half years ago.
The song was created by four people who share in the royalties: Kim, her daughter (who co-wrote the original song in season one of the RHOA show before Kandi joined the show in season two) Kandi and Don Vito. To date, Kim has written checks to Kandi and Don Vito in excess of $23,000. In fact, we believe that Kim may have overpaid a portion of their share to date based on the actual record sales.
It is clear to us the lawsuit was brought solely for the purpose of publicity because the facts are not in Kandi’s favor. Kandi Burruss and her legal team are well aware of the truth regarding the song and the payments Kandi and Don Vito received from Kim. That is a clear fact.
But we find the greatest truth in the fact that Kandi Burruss has been in the music business for many years and it appears she has made many mistakes in dealing with the song. We assume this has been a major lesson for Kandi. Maybe focusing on her next 15 minutes of fame should not have been the priority for Kandi versus three and a half years after the song was released, Kandi realizing she handled all aspects of the song in a very sloppy and messy way. We understand it is not the first time either. As Kandi is also a music industry veteran, it is also a shame.”
Has Kim’s statement altered your outlook on the case at all?