The Jamaican artist heard on Jay Z and Beyonce’s 2018 track, “Black Effect,” is suing the duo for copyright infringement. In the lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday (June 16), Dr. L’Antoinette Stines claims that she was told that her voice would only be used for “promotional purposes,” TMZ reports.
The author, actor, choreographer, activist, and lecturer maintains that she was never paid for her contribution. According to the suit, Jay and Bey reached out to Stines in 2018 to find dancers for a promo video for their upcoming tour. After providing dancers, Stines says she was asked to record her thoughts about love for what she believed to be a promo video.
Stines signed a contract for the use of her likeness on the day of the shoot, but says that she had no idea that her voice would end up on Jay and Bey’s Everything is Love album. She also says that she was not given time to have her lawyer review the documents.
The lawsuit seeks monetary damages, a writing credit, and a cut of sales.