News: Drake Addresses Alleged Ex-Girlfriend's Unpaid Royalty, Romance Accusations
Sunday, Mar 18, 2012 6:58PM
Young Money star Drake has officially filed a response to recent accusations from an alleged ex-girlfriend who claims she is entitled to unpaid royalties for his "Marvin's Room" record.
According to reports, Drizzy filed his legal response sometime last week.
Ericka Lee -- who provided the voice of the girl on voicemail for the song -- filed a lawsuit last month claiming Drake promised a co-writing credit and split of the profits on the hit song ... as well as claiming Drake sent her texts saying the song was "s**t without you." Drake filed his response last week, saying he never promised her a dime and that "she consented to the use of her voice in the song 'Marvin's Room' for no compensation." Drake also says the two never had a romantic relationship, as she claims, and he never threatened her over her complaints about getting paid for the song. A judge has yet to rule. (TMZ)
Just last month, the rapper's camp stepped forward and addressed Lee's claim.
"This claim is entirely without merit and our client has not engaged in any wrongful conduct. Ericka Lee consented to the use of her voice in the song "Marvin's Room" prior to its release. Lee asked only for the credit she received as "Syren Lyric Muse," and she did not ask for any compensation," a spokesperson for the rapper told Pop & Hiss on Friday. "It was only after she retained a lawyer that there was a demand for payment. Drake tried for months to resolve the matter amicably, and he now looks forward to being vindicated in court." A source close to the performer also stressed the two were never engaged in a romantic relationship, despite her claims. (Los Angeles Times)
Details of Lee's claims and legal action hit the Internet in early February.
Ericka Lee, revealing herself to be Drake's ex-girlfriend, has stepped up, saying she was the voice on the other end of the phone call. The woman is now suing Drake for excluding her from sharing co-writer royalties on one of his biggest recent hits. Lee filed the lawsuit on Thursday in California federal court claiming the two had a romantic and business partnership between early-2010 and mid-2011. During the relationship, the two are said to have traded poems and song lyrics and discussed joint creative projects. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Following an alleged messy break-up, Lee later contacted an attorney to put the suit into motion.
By November, Lee hired a lawyer, which allegedly caused Drake to make threatening phone calls. "What the f--k is your problem?" he said to her, according to the complaint, then offering her "4-5%" of publishing monies plus a $50,000 payout to go away. Instead, Lee has filed a lawsuit over "Marvin's Room," which has been viewed more than 39 million times on YouTube. She demands a judge declare her as co-writer of the song. She's also seeking damages and disgorgement of profits on allegations of breach of fiduciary duties and unjust enrichment. Lee is represented by Neville Johnson, who previously filed a lawsuit against Drake on behalf of a Playboy Enterprises for sampling an unauthorized sound recording it owned on "Best I Ever Had." (The Hollywood Reporter)
Check out "Marvin's Room" below: