Britney Spears’ producer Dr Luke drops defamation lawsuit against The Bellamy Brothers

Country duo have retracted claims that producer ripped off their work for 'Hold It Against Me'

Britney Spears‘ producer Dr Luke has dropped a defamation lawsuit against The Bellamy Brothers after they withdrew their allegation that he had copied their work.

The American country duo had suggested that Dr Luke – real name Lukasz Gottwald – and co-producer Max Martin had copied the title from their 1979 track ‘If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me?’ for Spears‘ single ‘Hold It Against Me’, which featured on her recent ‘Femme Fatale’ LP.

However, after Gottwald retaliated by filing a lawsuit for defamation, the Bellamy siblings have withdrawn their claim and issued a public apology.

In a statement released to TMZ they said:

The Bellamy Brothers apologise to Dr Luke and Max Martin for the Bellamys‘ public statements and any false impressions suggested by the statements on their website that Dr Luke and Max Martin copy the work of others.

Britney Spears has found herself at the centre of several legal disputes over the past 12 months. In September 2010, the singer was sued by her former bodyguard Fernando Flores for sexual harassment after he claimed that she made unwanted sexual advances towards him and exposed herself naked to him.

In April of this year, meanwhile, she and her father Jamie Spears were sued for over $10 million by the company which helped them to secure the deal for Britney’s popular perfume range.