Bad Bunny’s ex-girlfriend, Carliz De La Cruz Hernández, is suing the artist over a recording of her voice. She claims he used her voice in his songs without her permission.
De La Cruz filed a $40 million lawsuit earlier this month. She claimed that the “Tití Me Preguntó” singer used a recording of her voice. Carliz is allegedly the voice behind the “Bad Bunny, baby,” in at least two songs. Per ET, De La Cruz’s lawsuit claims her “distinguishable voice” has been used in 2016’s “Pa Ti” and 2022’s “Dos Mil 16,” as well as in promotional material and concerts.
“Since then, 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,'” the lawsuit alleges. “This has caused, and currently causes, that De La Cruz feels worried, anguished, intimidated, overwhelmed and anxious.” De La Cruz is also an attorney.
De La Cruz and Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Martínez Ocasio, began dating in 2011. She claims that the singer asked her to record herself saying the now-famous phrase, “Bad Bunny baby.” The lawsuit states that the pair broke up in 2016, briefly reconciled in 2017, then split up for good. Carliz claims that a representative for Bad Bunny offered her $2,000 for the rights to the recording in May 2022. She claims to have turned it down.
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She claims she was contacted again by Bad Bunny’s label, Rimas Music, who again offered to buy the rights to the recording for “Dos Mil 16,” off his Un Verano Sin Ti album. Carliz claims she again never authorized the use of her voice recording, which was subsequently used anyway.
“Since De La Cruz made it clear that she did not consent to its use, its publication constituted an act of gross negligence, bad faith, and, worse still, an attack on their privacy, morals, and dignity since all parties had and still have knowledge of these facts and even so decided to be reckless and break the law,” the translated lawsuit states, per Pitchfork. “Likewise, the publication of the song ‘Dos Mil 16’ without the consent of Carliz was carried out intentionally, in bad faith and for profit.”