You don’t want to cross I-G-G-Y.
Iggy Azalea is suing an ex-boyfriend for infringing on her copyright and unlawfully using her name, likeness, voice and trademark by trying to release her early-career material.
The Australian emcee alleges Maurice Williams (also a rapper under the name Jefe Wine and other variations) downloaded the contents of her computer without consent several years ago and has been using a forged contract to release some of the music he obtained, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which published the suit.
In July of this year, a press release quoting Williams announced that several companies had secured the rights to an EP of Iggy Azalea’s early music from 2008, called Inizio. Some of those songs appeared in digital music stores before Azalea’s label shut them down with cease-and-desist orders.
While reporting on the existence of a possible Iggy Azalea sex tape (which is not mentioned in the suit), TMZ quoted Williams as saying he had a contract that allows him to sell, distribute and promote any recording featuring Azalea and her image.
But the lawsuit says that agreement is a forged, modified version of an old management contract Azalea once signed — not a valid document that gives him the right to release her music or profit off Azalea’s image and trademark. THR was unable to reach Williams for comment. Williams did not respond to TIME’s request for comment.
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