Filmmaker claims Beyonce stole his ideas to make 'Lemonade'



A new lawsuit filed in NY claims that the trailer is a copy and was taken without permission from a short film titled Palinoia.

Matthew Fulks, of Louisville, Kentucky, alleges the producers of Beyonce's "Lemonade" copied parts of a short film he produced in 2014.

Watch Beyonce's Lemonade trailer to refresh your memory below!

The New Yorker said that he was approached to direct a video by MS MR, another artists signed to Columbia Recording, which is owned by the Sony Music group that Beyonce is signed with.

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The complaint notes the trailer's success in promoting Lemonade, and the subsequent commercial performance of the visual album.

See the similarities, taken from the complaint, illustrated in the gallery and see the trailers below.

The complaint filed in NY on Wednesday names Beyonce, pictured Monday, and her company Parkwood Entertainment as well as Sony Music and Columbia Recording. Younce allegedly emailed Fulks an invitation to send in a video treatment. Upon Lemonade's surprise release, the songstress was accused of stealing Pipilotti Rist's visuals for her "Hold Up" music video, the two sharing various similarities. Lemonade commenced filming five months later.

The list of visual elements Fulks believes Beyoncé lifted include "graffiti and persons with heads down", "red persons with eyes obscured", "parking garage", "black and white eyes", "the grass scene", "side-lit ominous figures", and more according to Pitchfork. In the lawsuit filed in NY, he cites nine similarities between his piece and her minute-long teaser. A representative for Parkwood Entertainment hasn't yet responded to a request for comment.