*A dead broke George Clinton is suing pop band The Black Eyed Peas for allegedly stealing a sample of his classic hit, “(Not Just) Knee Deep.”
The suit claims that the song was used in their 2003 hit single “Shut Up” and he’s asking for a whole lot of money.
The multi-million dollar copyright infringement suit was filed on December 10 in the US District Court for the Central District of California and claims that the Peas used an uncleared sample.
According to reports, the suit could turn ugly on multiple fronts. Clinton’s signature was forged in a battle to clear the sample. The funk master claims he never signed any contract and did not agree to any terms for a sample.
Even after being notified, BEP released another version of the song on the deluxe version of ‘The E.N.D.’ without notifying Clinton.