Beyonce's lawyers have asked a judge to dismiss a freakish lawsuit filed against the pregnant singer by the family of a late New Orleans, Louisiana comedian.
The estate of Anthony Barre - also known as "Messy Mya" - is suing Bey, along with just about every company and person connected with "Formation".
The 35-year-old star is facing legal action over her use of the late comedian Messy Mya's spoken-word clips on the single, which features on Beyonce's acclaimed album "Lemonade".
In the "Formation" short film, Barre is first heard at the very beginning saying, "What happened at the New Orleans" and later in the video saying, "Bitch, I'm back by popular demand". The suit claims the samples infringe the rights in two works of Barre's performance art, "A 27 Piece Huh?" and "Booking the Hoes from New Wildin".
"About six seconds of that same audio was played at Beyonce's performances of the Song during the "Formation World Tour". Hollywood Reporter says the singer's legal team are arguing that her use of the clips were considered "fair use" because they were "less than 10 seconds", adding that the family "grossly overstated" how much of the clips were being used.
Requesting that the case be thrown out, lawyer Mary Ellen Roy wrote that: "Pretty Bird licensed the YouTube videos from Mr Barre's family before plaintiff Angel Barre had herself appointed as the administrator of the estate of Anthony Barre weeks after the music video's premiere - presumably for the objective of bringing this action". "As a result, all defendants without an alleged involvement in the Music Video or Live Performances should be dismissed regardless of the merits of Plaintiffs' claims".