(CelebrityAccess) – The Weeknd is being sued by a trio of British songwriters for allegedly copying one of their songs.
Brian Clover, Scott McCulloch, and Billy Smith are accusing the multi-platinum selling, Grammy award winner of modeling his song “A Lonely Night” off of his 2016 Starboy album on their 2004 song “I Need to Love.”
The Weeknd’s legal team has reportedly denied the claim.
Clover says that the trio had tried to sell a number of songs, including the one in dispute, through a record label, however, after no buyers were found, the rights were returned in November 2016.
According to the BBC, Clover initially wrote to The Weeknd’s management hoping to strike a deal, but his request was denied.
Clover, McCulloch, and Smith have reportedly been locked in pre-court proceedings with The Weeknd’s camp since the beginning of 2018.