According To E! News: Skrillex has hopped on social media to react to the lawsuit, writing, “Sorry but we didn’t steal this” alongside a clip showing behind-the-scenes from their recording session.
Casey Dienel, an indie artist who goes by the stage name White Hinterland, has sued Biebs for allegedly stealing a vocal rift from her song “Ring the Bell” and using it in his hit song “Sorry”, according to NBC 24. Dienel claims Bieber and producer Skrillex used a “virtually identical” riff without permission.
In addition to Bieber and Skrillex, the lawsuit, which was filed in Nashville, also names Universal Music Group as a defendant. Dienel also claims the hit track uses synthesizers, samples, synth bass, drums and percussion that sound similar to those used in “Ring the Bell”.
The indie songstress also says she reached out to the “Love Yourself” crooner to discuss a potential resolution but was “ignored”. Dienel is seeking unspecified damages, including profits from “Sorry,” which has been viewed more than 1.4 million times on YouTube.
Dienel’s lawsuit comes on the heels of Bieber’s lambasting of awards shows. The “What Do You Mean” crooner not only performed at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, but he also took home awards for Top Male Artist and Top Social Media Artist. Despite his victories, he didn’t feel great.
“I don’t know about these award shows.. No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it. Nothing but love for you guys and your support. But I don’t feel good when I’m there nor after,” Bieber, 22, wrote. “I try to think of it as a celebration but can’t help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance. A lot of people in the audience there to be seem worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with.”