Published Sep 01, 2016Queen Bey can apparently do no wrong. Following a sweep of the MTV Video Music Awards and a jaw-dropping performance at that same ceremony, Beyoncé has emerged victorious from a previously reported Lemonade lawsuit.
Filmmaker Matthew Fulks filed the complaint earlier this year, claiming the Bey's creative team had ripped off his 2014 short film Palinoia. He cited similarities between his own work and the singer's visual album, like shots of a person with their head down in front of graffiti, red-lit people with covered eyes, and scenes set in parking garages and grass fields.
As TMZ reports, though, Fulks' lawsuit has now been dismissed by a judge. While the judge has yet to offer a statement explaining his ruling, Beyoncé apparently successfully argued that her work featured the depiction of a "proud black woman" — which, as TMZ puts it, is "a stark contrast to Fulks' film about a depressed white guy."
As far as we know, no legal action has been taken against Bey for other Lemonade-related plagiarism accusations. Prior to Fulks' case, the "Hold Up" video came under scrutiny for its resemblance to Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist's "Ever Is Overall" project.