Filmmaker Matthew Fulks has sued Beyoncé, Sony, Columbia and the pop star’s Parkwood Entertainment for allegedly lifting elements of his short film, Palinoia, for Lemonade, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The lawsuit specifically targets the trailer for the HBO special. Fulks claims executives and creatives involved in Lemonade were aware of his work and had access to Palinoia.
Fulks said he was previously contacted about directing a video for the Columbia-signed group MS MR and his clips — including Palinoia — were sent to various people at the label, including frequent Beyoncé director, Bryan Younce. Fulks further claims that in July 2015, Younce invited him to submit a video treatment to Columbia for consideration. Filming for Lemonade began five months later.
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