Ariana Grande Sued Over 'God Is A Woman' Music Video
A Las Vegas artist is suing pop music star Ariana Grande, alleging copyright infringement over an image of a woman in a candle flame in the pop star's widely-viewed 'God Is A Woman' music video.
Representatives for Grande did not immediately respond to messages about the lawsuit filed on Thursday in US District Court in Nevada by lawyers for Vladimir Kush and his company Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas.
The lawsuit calls the image that appears a little more than a minute into Grande's 2018 music video nearly identical to paintings that Kush painted and copyrighted in 1999 and 2000.
Vladimir Kush has sued Ariana Grande for allegedly using his painting (concept) in her God is a Woman video. Look at both images and decide if Ariana truly stole his idea. pic.twitter.com/tUK0rux0DN— #TotalGossips (@total_gossips) February 1, 2019
Kush seeks unspecified monetary damages and a court order to remove the video from the internet.
The four-minute video has been viewed almost 200 million times on YouTube since it was posted last July.
The lawsuit lists Grande under the name Ariana Grande-Butera, along with defendants Universal Music Group and the video director, producer and production company.
Kush's lawyer in Las Vegas, Mark Tratos, represented silent magician Teller, of Penn & Teller, in a 2012 copyright lawsuit that found a Dutch entertainer guilty of stealing a Teller magic trick and selling it online.
Tratos declined on Monday to comment.