A R&B musical artist brought a $42 million lawsuit against Taylor Swift for plagiarism. He says that the lyrics from Shake It Off were taken from his song.
R&B artist, Jesse Graham is suing Taylor Swift to the tune of $42 million. After he was denied the privilege of having a selfie taken with the blonde beauty, the Black American artist decided to turn his love to hatred and has brought a hefty lawsuit against Taylor.
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Taylor might be in for some trouble due to Jesse’s claims that she took lyrics from his song that he wrote two years back and somehow fitted them into her song Shake It Off.
Graham is 50 years old and he says that his song contains words that say “haters gonna hate, players gonna play”. Taylor ripped off these lyrics from his song, he said unequivocally.
Taylor’s song contains the words “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.” And although beyond this apparent similarity, the two songs have no resemblance whatsoever, Jesse is convinced of Taylor’s culpability.
According to NYDailyNews, Jesse even claims that had he not written his song, there would have been no Shake It Off and Taylor would not be at the height of fame she is today.
This might seem more like a tall order. But Jesse is adamant that there was no way in hell that Taylor could have gotten those lyrics except to have stolen them sneakily from his song which came out in 2013.
According to Jesse, the first time he noticed the similarity was when Taylor sang her plagiarized song on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Graham reiterates that he never wanted to sue her in the beginning.
He had merely approached Taylor and her team and pointed out the similarity. Then he had only asked to be listed among the inspirational sources behind Taylor’s song. He had also requested that a selfie with Taylor be taken. But both pleas went unheeded and that was when his anger got the best of him.
The Bad Blood singer (that would be Taylor Swift) constantly dismissed him as a person of little to no worth. When Jesse felt the extreme insults he decided enough was enough and that it was high time he taught Taylor a lesson.
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So he is suing her for $42 million. That ought to teach the rich and famous country-turned-pop starlet who is boss. Taylor’s representatives have not come up with an appropriate response to the claim made by Jesse yet.