John Legend — Accused of Ripping Off Song

Filed under: John Legend, Celebrity Justice

John Legend is a no good song-stealer … at least according to some unknown singer, who claims Legend listened to his demo tape and then ripped off his hard work for profit.

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According to the lawsuit, filed earlier this week in New Jersey, songwriter Anthony Stokes passed his demo off to Legend back in 2004 … after Stokes watched him perform at UNC.

Stokes claims Legend promised to listen to the song, but never heard back from him. Fast forward to 2006 … Legend released a track called “Maxine’s Interlude” — and according to Stokes, it’s a dead ringer for his track “Where Are You Now?”

Stokes wants to block Legend from selling the alleged rip-off — and demands unspecified damages.

It’s hard to hear the similarities if you listen to each song separately — so we mashed them up … the lyrics echo each other, and the key matches up nearly perfectly.

So we gotta ask …

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