Rapper Bad Bunny Sued For $40m By Ex-Girlfriend Carliz!

The ex-girlfriend of Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny is suing him for $40 million because he exploited a recording of her voice without her consent or payment.

Before her breakup with Bad Bunny, whose name is Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, and before his ascent to prominence internationally, Carliz De La Cruz Hernández asserts that she recorded the phrase “Bad Bunny baby” on her phone in 2015.

She claims the Grammy-winning musician’s 2017 hit “Pa Ti” and the 2022 song “Dos Mil 16” feature that voice recording. Both pieces have received over 200 million Spotify plays, with the latter being on the number-one album “Un Verano Sin Ti.”

According to court documents filed in Puerto Rico earlier this month, De La Cruz said she came up with the phrase and her “distinguishable voice” is being used without her permission. Her lawyers argue Bad Bunny’s use violates Puerto Rico’s “law of the right to own image.”

“Thousands of people have commented directly on Carliz’s social media networks, as well as every time she goes to a public place, about ‘Bad Bunny baby,’” the lawsuit states. “This has caused, and currently causes, De La Cruz to feel worried, anguished, intimidated, overwhelmed and anxious.”

Rapper Bad Bunny Sued For $40m By Ex-Girlfriend

The lawsuit claims that De la Cruz and Bad Bunny started dating intermittently in 2011. According to court records, she claims that Bad Bunny offered her $2,000 to purchase the recording in 2022 but she turned down the offer. According to the lawsuit, he continued to utilize the audio without her explicit consent after a bargain couldn’t be made.

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At least $40 million is what De la Cruz is now asking for.

Bad Bunny, 29, has not commented on the complaint in the media. The lawsuit also names his management company, Noah Kamil Assad Byrne, and his record label, Rimas Entertainment. CNBC contacted Rimas Entertainment for a response.

Bad Bunny gained notoriety in 2018 thanks to his appearance on Cardi B’s #1 song “I Like It.” Since then, he has established himself as one of Latin music’s most prolific hit-makers and, for the past three years, has been the most streamed musician on Spotify.

Next month, the 2023 Coachella music festival will feature Bad Bunny as its headlining act.

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