While Shakira deserves a toast for her accomplishments (she was recently listed in Forbes‘ 2015 list for 100 Most Powerful Women), her smash hit “Loca” continues making headlines for reasons not as grand.
Back in August of 2014, a U.S. federal judge ruled that the chart-topping song breached copyright laws, alleging it was originally composed by Dominican singer Ramon Arias Vazquez circa the mid-90s.
The ongoing case took an unusual turn on Wednesday (May 27) as Reuters reports evidence might have been fabricated. “The defendants in the case, two units of Sony Corp that distribute Shakira’s music, say they have evidence that a cassette tape at the center of the copyright accusations is a fake.” The judge also believes Vasquez may have lied on stand.
The song, performed by Shakira and written by El Cata, sold more than five million copies and topped Billboard Latin charts immediately upon its debut. El Cata maintains it’s inspired by his relationship with his former wife.
Stay tuned as the story continues to unfold.