LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Rapper Drake thinks Ericka Lee had no right to his money, nor his heart. Drake has denied Lee’s allegations in her “Marvin’s Room” music lawsuit, and has also told her that they were never any “romantic” relationship between them.
Drake and Cash Money were sued by Ericka Lee in February over the song Marvin’s Lee. In her lawsuit, Lee said she and Drake were in a “romantic” relationship for over a year. Now Drake has responded to the music lawsuit by adding that there was nothing romantic about the two of them, whatsoever.
In a blur between music and relationships, the love and hiphop case of Lee v. Drake asks whether there was a romantic and professional relationship between the two parties for one year. She says there was, he says there was nothing romantic about it, and certainly nothing professional.
Ericka Lee on February 2, 2012 filed the suit in the Central District of California. The case is one of several lawsuits still pending against Lil Wayne’s label. Among them are Done Deal Enterprises, LLC v. Carter concerning the song BedRock, a case currently in New York court.
In the answer obtained by LALATE, attorneys for Drake deny that “Plaintiff ever had any rights to [Marvin's Room] co-writer royalties and denies the characterization that plaintiff was ‘excluded’ from something she had no right to.”
Attorneys admit that Drake and Lee “had a personal relationship” but “denies that it was either a ‘romantic’ relationship or a ‘business’ relationship”. Drake and Cash Money denied much of the plaintiff’s assertion. But they also raised multiple defenses including failure to state a claim, waiver, estoppel, unclean hands, and ratification.
Drake and Cash Money are seeking “any and all attorney’s fees and costs incurred in the defense of this matter.” The two are represented by Marty Singer and Michael Weinstein. Lee is represented by Neville Johnson, John D Fowler, and Douglas Johnson.
The complaint asserted that Drake was previously sued for copyright infringement for the song Best I Ever Had and that Cash Money “has been sued repeated for copyright infringement”. The complaint claimed that Lee and Drake had a “romantic and business relationship” in roughly 2010-2011. Lee is suing for a “declaration of rights” as to who owns the song. She is seeking a determination as co-writer and co-owner on Marvin’s Room, and be paid past and future earnings.