A week before Beyoncé rocked the world with Lemonade, she posted a trailer for the visual album on YouTube.
But according to a new lawsuit filed by an independent filmmaker, the high profile trailer totally ripped off his 2014 short film!
Matthew Fulks, who describes himself as both an indie filmmaker and creative director at Louisville based news station WDRB, claims Sony Music, Columbia Records, and even Bey's Parkwood Entertainment were aware of his short film Palinoia before filming Lemonade.
In the complaint, Fulks claims after being contacted about the opportunity to direct a video for the Columbia-signed group MS MR, links to Palinoia were sent to Columbia Record's Bryan Younce — who has been credited on Bey's self-titled 2013 album.
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The lawsuit alleges that in July 2015, Younce sent Fulks an email with an invitation to submit a treatment for consideration by Columbia.
Five months later, filming began for Lemonade. Hmmm…
Fulks believes several elements of the Lemonade trailer were jacked from Palinoia – including