Stines filed a lawsuit on June 16, 2020 claiming Beyoncé and Jay-Z didn't give her proper credit for her part in their song.
In the court documents obtained by TMZ
, Stines said the superstar couple asked her to recruit various local dancers to take part in a promotional video for Everything Is Love
. While on set, Stines was interviewed concerning her views on love, which she was told would be used in the film. She allegedly signed a contract, when again she was told her monologue would only be used for promotional purposes.
Upon hearing "Black Effect," Stines was stunned to hear that the entire first minute of the tune is of her speaking. Just as astonishing was she wasn't credited for her part in the song; the lack of recognition left her feeling "artistically raped."
Stines is suing Beyoncé and Jay for copyright infringement and requesting damages, a writing credit, and the royalties that come with such a credit.