R&B singer Jesse Graham has filed a $42m (£27m) lawsuit against Taylor Swift that claims the pop star’s 2014 hit single ‘Shake It Off’ rips off one of his songs.
Fifty-year-old Graham believes the ‘Shake It Off’ chorus lifts lyrics from his 2013 track ‘Haters Gone Hate’ and says there is “no way” Swift penned the lyrics independently of his song. He is now seeking cash in compensation, though his initial requests were simply to be named as a writer of the track, and that Swift take a selfie with him. Those requests were denied by Swift’s team.
“Her hook is the same hook as mine,” Graham told the NY Daily News. “If I didn’t write the song ‘Haters Gone Hate’, there wouldn’t be a song called ‘Shake It Off’.” Hear both tracks below.
“At first I was going to let it go, but this song is my song all the way,” added Graham.
Swift, meanwhile, recently filed a counter suit against former US radio host David Mueller. The DJ, who worked for KYGO-FM in Denver, filed a lawsuit in September against the ‘Bad Blood’ star, alleging he was falsely accused of “lifting Swift’s skirt with his hand and touching her bottom.”
The incident allegedly happened prior to Swift’s gig at Denver’s Pepsi Center on June 2 2013. The accusation resulted in the radio personality being fired from his job.
While Mueller denies the accusations and suggests a case of mistaken identity, Swift’s counter argument states that his employers had been given “evidence” of his crime.
Swift’s counter suit reads: “Mueller’s newfound claim that he is the ‘wrong guy’ and, therefore, his termination from KYGO was unjustified, is specious. Ms Swift knows exactly who committed the assault, it was Mueller.”
Swift has requested a jury trial and states that from the lawsuit would be donated to charities “dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard.”