Latch, Attracting Flies, and a handful of other tunes that dominated 2013 are under scrutiny now as unknown singer-songwriter Katie Farrah Sopher sues AlunaGeorge and other Disclosure collaborators, claiming they used lyrics taken from her songbook stolen by an abusive ex.
The story was broken first by The Daily Mail, who reports Sopher is suing Sam Smith, AlunaGeorge, and Eliza Doolittle (pictured, from left to right) for more than £200,000 in copyright infringement damages over the lyrics in Disclosure’s Latch, White Noise, and You & Me, respectively, in addition to Aluna’s Attracting Flies.
Sopher claims that the notebook went missing in 2009 shortly after she and then-boyfriend Sean Sawyers ended their “violent” relationship.
“In her testimony Sopher said the lyrics of all four songs sprang from the suffering she endured during a toxic five-year relationship, including references to domestic violence leaving her ‘black and blue’ in 2013’s White Noise.
“The statement alleges Sawyers ‘attempted to control [Sopher], was jealous and possessive and… believed she was cheating on him, which made him violent and reluctant to allow [her] to speak to other men.”
Sawyers denied everything in a statement to The Mail:
“There is zero truth to the claims made against me. I never saw the book the claimant mentions… [so] I could not have committed the alleged damages, theft, copyright infringement.”
Despite re-hashes of the story that claim brother duo Guy and Howard Lawrence, aka Disclosure, are being sued directly, the duo doesn’t look to be in any immediate legal danger as of yet, with Smith, Doolittle, and AlunaGeorge members Aluna Francis and George Reid named in the documents.
All parties declined to comment further with The Mail, but we’ll update with more information as it becomes available.