Hungarian folk singer Monika Miczura Juhasz sued Beyoncé, Jay Z and Timbaland for allegedly using her voice without permission in this song. Juhasz, who records under the name of Mitsou, claimed "Drunk In Love" samples a track she recorded in 1995 with her folk ensemble Ando Drom called "Bajba, Bajba."
In addition, the Hungarian songstress alleged that the trio tainted her tune about hopelessness by centering it around sexual lyrics and imagery. "Following Mitsou's stirring featured solo vocal introduction, Mitsou's voice continues to sing as Beyoncé begins to sing, to evoke foreign eroticism alongside the sexually intense lyrics performed by Beyoncé and Jay Z "
According to TMZ.com
, as well as asking a New York judge to grant her unspecified damages, Mitsou requested for the song to be prohibited from being played until her voice is removed.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Kern dismissed the case, ruling Mitsou couldn't use the state's Civil Rights Law because it only pertains to a "name, portrait, picture or voice used for advertising or trade purposes without written consent".