Beyoncé Is Being Sued By Filmmaker Over Lemonade Visuals

Matt Fulks alleges that the visual album took images from his film Palinoia.

June 09, 2016
Beyoncé Is Being Sued By Filmmaker Over <I>Lemonade</i> Visuals

Beyoncé and her record label are being sued by filmmaker Matthew Fulks. The director has filed a lawsuit against Beyoncé, Sony, Columbia, and her management company Parkwood Entertainment over the visual elements of 2016 album Lemonade, THR reports.


Fulks alleges that Beyoncé's team were aware of his 2014 short film Palinoia prior to filming Lemonade. The filmmaker reportedly stated in the complaint that he was approached to work with Columbia artists MS MR in 2015 and sent his short film to Columbia Records' Bryan Younce for reference. With his work allegedly known to the label, Fulks cites specific elements from Palinoia that he recognises in Lemonade including “graffiti and persons with heads down,” “red persons with eyes obscured,” and “the grass scene.” Fulks is seeking profits “attributed to exploitation of his work” plus a percentage of Lemonade sales.

The FADER has reached out to Beyoncé's representatives for comment. A trailer for Lemonade can be seen alongside the full Palinoia film below.

Beyoncé Is Being Sued By Filmmaker Over Lemonade Visuals