Lizzo Hit With Second Plagiarism Allegation Over Hit Song ‘Truth Hurts’

Lizzo is facing another plagiarism allegation over her hit song, “Truth Hurts,” which recently was at No. 1 for six weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100.  

Producer and songwriter Justin Raisen is the second person to claim the singer is unfairly taking credit for its opening line. In an Instagram post, Raisen claimed that he and his brother, Jeremiah Raisen, were part of a collaborative studio session with Lizzo and fellow songwriters Jesse Saint John and Yves Rothman, which took place in April 2017.  Justin Raisen says that the resulting song, “Healthy,” used the lyric, “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that ****,” the famous first words of “Truth Hurts.”   Raisen alleged that he and his colleagues “were never contacted about being credited” and that, despite their requests for 5% of the profits from “Truth Hurts,” they “were shutdown every time.”

These latest allegations comes after Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Jefferson, was accused in February 2018 of stealing the lyric from British singer Mina Lioness, who claims to have tweeted it first. Jefferson said the line was inspired by an Instagram meme that stated, “I’m 100% that bitch,” and that she credits the post when discussing the song.

Lizzo Faces More Plagiarism Accusations as Producer Comes Forward, Demanding Credit for ‘Truth Hurts’


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