Music mogul Jay Z has reportedly taken action in his publicized “Big Pimpin'” sampling lawsuit and asked a judge to have his bank account from the courtroom drama.
According to reports, Jay wants his bank details and criminal past removed from the case.
Jay filed docs asking a judge to keep his wealth from the eyes of the jury hearing his illegal sampling lawsuit. In the docs, Jay Z says his bank account and rap sheet have nothing to do with the case. The plaintiff claims Jay stole the tune, so that makes the rapper’s criminal past relevant. (TMZ)
Jay Z and producer Timbaland are expected to appear in court this October.
The lawsuit dates from producer Timbaland’s use of a snippet from late Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi’s “Khosara, Khosara,” which he paid $100,000 to license from EMI Arabia. But in a twist that has made this one of the longest currently active lawsuits in the United States, it turns out EMI Arabia itself was licensing the composition from the Egyptian record label Sout el Phan. (Vulture)
Buzz about the lawsuit’s seriousness erupted back in March.
Fahmy’s lawsuit centers on the composition “Khosara, Khosara” from the 1960 Egyptian film Fata ahlami, which Jay Z and Timbaland (who is a co-defendant) turned into the unmistakable hook of the rapper’s 2000 single. Fahmy claims he’s an heir of “Khosara Khosara” composer Baligh Hamdy and sued the rapper for copyright infringement, also naming Paramount Pictures, Warner Music, UMG and MTV among the defendants. (The Hollywood Reporter)