Iggy Azalea Sues Former Manager Over Leaked Songs, Forgery
Iggy Azalea is fighting back to stop her former manager and alleged sex tape partner from leaking songs without her permission.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Aussie rhymer filed a lawsuit in California court on Wednesday (Sept. 17) against a multiple of defendants, including her former manager Maurice Williams (aka Jefe Wine), for copyright-infringement and forgery, among other things.
If you recall, Wine is the guy who claims to have lost a sex tape featuring Azalea, which mysteriously found its way into the hands of Vivid Entertainment. Attorneys for the 'Black Widow' rapper first denied that a sex tape exists, then backtracked and said if there is one, the rapper was underage. However, Wine insists the tape is legit and she was over 18.
As for Azalea's lawsuit, she claims that “the music derived from her unreleased masters constitutes violations of her copyright, trademark, name and likeness." The Def Jam artist also alleges that the material was stolen from her computer.
Also in contention is a contract that Azalea allegedly signed in 2007, in which she apparently gives Wine the rights to all recordings, including video, she'd made while he managed her career. However, Azalea claims that her name was forged and therefore the contract is illegal.
"The Forged Agreement contains tell-tale signs that it is not genuine," the lawsuit states. "For example, it includes mismatched fonts on the signature page, paragraph numbers out of sequence, a signature line for 'Wine Enterprises, inc.' (rather than for an authorized agent), and provides, as an address for legal notices, the contact information of an attorney who had no prior knowledge of the Forged Agreement."
Although the lawsuit makes no direct mention of a sex tape, the forgery part of the claim where it mentions "promotional videos" likely falls in that category.
This alleged sex tape may not ever see the light of day for now. But who knows with the Internet, things get leaked all the time.
Attorneys for both Iggy Azalea and Jefe Wine had no comment on the matter.