Big Freedia Files Lawsuit Against Former Choreographer
Big Freedia has filed a lawsuit against her former choreographer, Wilbert Dejarnetti, The Washington Post reports. The lawsuit is said to counter a lawsuit originally filed by Dejarnetti, who claims that the bounce musician owes $500 a month for continuing to use his choreography. Dejarnetti also claims that he's helped Freedia write several songs and demands to be credited as a co-author.
In response, Freedia denies both claims and has filed for the declared ownership of both the choreography and music for tracks the two have collaborated on from 2014 to 2017, including hit-songs "Explode" and "Dangerous." According to the lawsuit, Freedia fired Dejarnetti in 2017 due to his frequently erratic behavior and temperamental nature causing turmoil and strife between the two.
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During the dispute, Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker claimed that Bey had overtly copied her moves, though she refrained from addressing the issue in a court of law. "What's rude about it is that they don't even bother about hiding it" Keersmaeker said in a statement. "They seem to think they could do it because it's a famous work."
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