Judge Tosses Out Beyoncé Lawsuit Over ‘Lemonade’ Claims

A New York judge has tossed out a Kentucky man’s claims that the trailer accompanying Beyoncé’s visual album “Lemonade” used ideas from his short film.

Federal Judge Jed Rakoff threw out Matthew Fulks’ copyright infringement lawsuit Wednesday. Rakoff said he would explain his reasoning later.

In June, the Louisville filmmaker filed the lawsuit against Beyoncé and the singer’s management company, Parkwood Entertainment, along with Sony Music Entertainment and Columbia Recording Corp.

Fulks said the producers of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” copied parts of his 2014 short film, “Palinoia.”

The lawsuit alleged “Lemonade” was produced months after a senior vice president at Columbia had been sent a link to his film.

Representatives for Beyoncé and the corporations didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday.

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Accepts the award for best female video for “Hold Up” at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York.

Lawyers also didn’t immediately comment.