Drake's Alleged Ex Files Not-So-Romantic Lawsuit

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A woman claiming to be Drake's ex-girlfriend and writing partner is suing the rapper for allegedly ripping her off (and for pretending they never dated, although that's not technically a criminal offense). In a lawsuit filed yesterday, Ericka Lee claimed that she and Drake agreed to write the song "Marvin's Room" together and split the cash. Lee recorded the hook, and says that Drake was thankful for her contribution: according to her, he sent her texts like, "U basically made that song" and "it's shit without you" while they were working together. Aw, how sweet. But Lee says she never got paid, even though the song was the first single off Take Care and scored No.7 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Chart and 21 on the Hot 100. That was the end of the cute texts as well. According to the lawsuit, when Lee asked for more money, Drake called her and said, "What the fuck is your problem?" before trying to settling out of court for $50,000.


Sources told TMZ that Drake is "adamant" he never dated Lee, who says the two were together for more than a year between 2010 and 2011. And his rep says that Lee consented to the use of her voice before the album dropped, and never asked to be paid. "This claim is entirely without merit and our client has not engaged in any wrongful conduct... It was only after she retained a lawyer that there was a demand for payment," his rep added. "Drake tried for months to resolve the matter amicably, and he now looks forward to being vindicated in court." [Entertainment Online] [TMZ]

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Seoul Sister

Like to see the Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer bit there - I just hope their roles are better than the sci-fi movie genre generally treats black roles.