Travis Scott’s lawyer has refuted claims that the rapper stole artwork from a fan.
Ed McPherson has told TMZ that the cover art, which shows Scott as a centaur, was first uploaded by fans to streaming services. However, when it emerged the artwork was unofficial, the DSPs removed it from the platforms.
Mickaël Mehala allegedly designed the work in 2015, and she even passed it on to the rapper in 2018 on Instagram. It was then used in 2016 for an unofficial compilation by Scott called Travis La Flame, which isn’t featured on any streamers apart from Tidal.
Mehala has announced her plans to sue Scott for “hundreds of thousands of dollars”, but his lawyer has said the case should be dismissed.
“This is a frivolous and baseless filing which will almost certainly be thrown out once it has its day in court. Anyone with access to the internet could tell you that Travis never released an album named ‘La Flame’,” he said.
“The illustration in question was fan-made and was uploaded to streaming services by fans, something any user has the option of doing. Streaming services quickly removed it after realising people were trying to pass this off as a real album cover. We look forward to dismissing this case entirely.”
More as this story continues to develop.