Beyoncé was involved in a lawsuit regarding her visual album Lemonade and filmmaker Matthew Fulks who claimed that the singer’s visual album borrowed just a bit too much from his short film Palinoia. The case was dismissed by a judge just days before Bey’s 35th birthday celebration.
Fulks argued that Beyoncé stole images of “overgrown grass” from his film but Bey’s legal team was quick to point out the differences between the projects. Lemonade, which tells the story of “an African-American woman who progresses through stages of suspicion, denial, anger and, ultimately, reconciliation in her relationship,” is nothing like Palinoia, which depicts a “white man who is distressed in the wake of a failed relationship.”
The judge on the case agreed. “Upon full consideration of the parties’ briefs and oral arguments, the Court grants defendants’ motion,” the judge wrote. “A memorandum explaining the reasons for this ruling will issue in due course, at which time final judgment will be entered.”
We’re excited to see photos of her birthday celebration, and to see her extra happy that this got dropped! Happy early birthday, Bey!