Justin Timberlake, a former animatronic Disney-bot who became a real boy, then a real man, and then a real musical tour de force, is now being sued by Cirque du Soleil. Is this reality?

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The kerfuffle stems over a sample the former lover-but-not-sex-lover of Britney Spears (sticking with my OTP from the aughts, yinz guys, ain’t too proud to beg) purportedly used for a song from his 2013 album The 20/20 Experience—specifically the track “Don’t Hold the Wall.”

According to Variety:

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“The lawsuit claims that Timberlake borrowed from ‘Steel Dream,’ a song that originally appeared in ‘Quidam,’ Cirque’s ninth stage production, and later on a 1997 album of the same name. The suit, filed Thursday in a New York federal court, is seeking $800,000 in copyright infringement damages.”

Timberlake isn’t the only one named in the suit: song co-writers and collaborators Timbaland, J-Roc and James Fauntleroy, as well as WB Music Corp and Sony Entertainment, are also listed as defendants.

But lo!, this isn’t the first time Timberlake has been sued: the music group Sly, Slick and Wicked also filed a claim against Timberlake over similarities between “Suit & Tie” and their original number “Sho’ Nuff,” as well as another claim that “alleged...his Will.I.Am collaboration ‘Damn Girl’ samples from Perry Kibble’s ‘A New Day Is Here at Last.’”

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Both of these suits were filed and made public earlier this year.

Say it ain’t so, JT, say it ain’t so.


Contact the author at jamie.reich@jezebel.com.

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