Beyonce sued by filmmaker over ‘Lemonade’ trailer

Compare the 'Lemonade' trailer with Matthew Fulks' film 'Palinoia'

Beyonce is being sued by a filmmaker over claims that she copied the trailer for her visual album ‘Lemonade’ from his movie.

Matthew Fulks has filed a lawsuit against Beyonce, her record labels Sony and Columbia and film studio Parkwood Entertainment.

Fulks states that, in July 2015, he sent his 2014 short film Palinoia to Columbia Records executive Bryan Younce. He sent Palinoia to Younce after being invited to direct a video for Ms Mr, who are signed to Columbia.

Filming began on ‘Lemonade’ later in 2015, and Fulks’ lawsuit lists around a dozen similarities between its trailer and Palinoia, including “graffiti and persons with heads down”, “red persons with eyes obscured”, “side-lit ominous figures” and “the grass scene”. The two films can be seen below for comparisons.

The lawsuit, which Beyonce has yet to comment on, seeks “profits attributed to exploitation of Fulks’ work.” This would include a percentage of sales of ‘Lemonade’.

Fulks is the creative director of Kentucky news organization WDRB. It’s a local TV channel affiliated to the Fox network.

Beyonce played the second of two shows at New York stadium Citi Field last night (June 8), with the tour ending in Michigan on June 14. Beyonce then has a two-week break before the British leg of the ‘Formation’ tour begins at Sunderland Stadium Of Light on June 28. She then plays Cardiff, two Wembley shows, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin before the tour moves on to Germany.