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The Woman Suing Bad Bunny for $40 Million Might Have a Solid Case

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The Woman Suing Bad Bunny for $40 Million Might Have a Solid Case

You might not know Carliz De La Cruz Hernández’s name, but you’ve heard her voice. Her throaty “Bad Bunny, baby” kicks off her ex-boyfriend’s 2016 single “Pa Ti” with Bryant Meyers, and it opens the Un Verano Sin Ti cut “Dos Mil 16.” But last month, news broke that she was suing Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio for at least $40 million, alleging that he had used her voice recording without her consent and proper compensation. She also named Bad Bunny’s manager Noah Kamil Assad Byrne and the artist’s record label, Rimas Entertainment, in the suit.

De La Cruz and Martínez started dating in 2011. In January 2016, they were engaged. But by May of that year, they broke it off. They got together again for a brief period in 2017.

According to the Associated Press, De La Cruz’s lawsuit states that her “distinguishable voice” was used on both tracks without her consent or legal permission and has since been used in “promotions, worldwide concerts, television, radio, and social and musical platforms.” On Spotify alone, the two songs have been streamed more than half a billion times in total.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Puerto Rico, goes on to say that since the songs were released, “thousands of people have commented directly on Carliz’s social media networks, as well as every time she goes to a public place, about the ‘Bad Bunny, baby.’ This has caused, and currently causes, De La Cruz to feel worried, anguished, intimidated, overwhelmed, and anxious.” It claims that Bad Bunny and his team violated her “self-image” rights, or rights to publicity, among a few copyright claims.

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