John Legend Denies Song Stealing Allegations

John Legend Denies Song Stealing Allegations

Singer refutes claim he jacked material from fan.

Published July 21, 2011

John Legend is speaking out against a lawsuit that alleges he stole a song from a fan, and the famed R&B singer maintains that he's 100 percent innocent.

Earlier this month aspiring singer/songwriter Anthony Stokes sued Legend for copyright infringement, alleging that the Grammy-winning artist built his song "Maxine's Interlude" on the 2006 album Once Again from elements of Stokes' own demo "Where Are You Now?"

"This gentleman made an accusation that's not true and we know it's not true," Legend told E! News.

Stokes claimed that he met Legend in 2004 after a concert and gave him a demo CD that included the song "Where Are You Now?" But the G.O.O.D. Music artist said he wasn't even familiar with Stokes or his song prior to the lawsuit.

"I never heard of his song until he sued me," Legend said. "I would never steal anyone's song. I've never, ever done that before. Never even been accused of it before, and we will fight it in court and we will prevail. I'm not worried about it. I know the truth is on my side."

The case is being heard in a New Jersey court. Stokes is seeking damages, a portion of profits and publishing, and a blockade against selling Once Again until the suit is settled.


Written by Reggie Ugwu


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