An artist is suing Travis Scott for hundreds of thousands of dollars for allegedly stealing his artwork and using it as the cover of his 2016 album La Flame.
Mickaël Mehala, who is also known as Black Childish, filed a lawsuit in his home country of France over claims the rapper used art he made of the rapper as a centaur without permission, according to TMZ.
Scott’s lawyer Ed McPherson shot down the allegations in a statement obtained by DailyMail.com where he insisted Scott had never released the album in question.
An artist is suing Travis Scott for hundreds of thousands of dollars for allegedly stealing his artwork for the cover of his 2016 album La Flame; pictured 2018 in Miami
‘This is a frivolous and baseless filing which will almost certainly be thrown out once it has it’s day in court. Anyone with access to the internet could tell you that Travis never released an album named “La Flame,”‘ the statement read.
‘The illustration in question was fan-made and was uploaded to streaming services by fans, something any user has the option of doing. Streaming services quickly removed it after realizing people were trying to pass this off as a real album cover. We look forward to dismissing this case entirely.’
In the suit, Mehala alleges he created the artwork in 2015 and sent it to Scott to see and share with fans in 2016.
But Mehala claims Travis never responded to the message. Later, he discovered the image was being used as the album cover for La Flame.
La Flame: Scott used the image as the album cover for La Flame after it was allegedly sent to him by Mehala
The artist alleges he formally registered a copyright for the piece in February 2019, according to French legal documents acquired by TMZ.
Mehala claims he contacted Travis and his management team over the artwork but an attorney representing Scott did not get back to him until the summer of 2019.
The lawyer allegedly told Mehala that Travis did not know he had used artwork that belonged to anyone specifically.
For sale: The piece is currently available for purchase through Mehala’s website
In addition to using the art as the cover of his album, Scott has featured the image on his YouTube and Tidal pages at various points in time. The image appears reversed on Tidal and without the Childish note at the bottom right, which is visible on the album cover
The artwork, which was also appeared on Scott’s YouTube and Tidal pages, has been removed from the platforms which once featured it but Mehala is still suing Travis for hundreds of thousands of dollars and sole control of the centaur piece in the future.
Travis has been embroiled in controversy following his deadly Astroworld festival in late 2021.
Scott — who’s full name is Jacques Bermon Webster II — has largely stayed out of the spotlight amid a slew of lawsuits including ‘inciting mayhem’ after headlining his Nov. 5 festival where 10 people were killed after fans stormed the stage.
Controversy: Travis has been embroiled in controversy following his deadly Astroworld festival in late 2021; pictured 2018
The rapper has since been dropped from the Coachella lineup and a forthcoming appearance at the Day N Vegas festival.
Texas attorney Thomas J. Henry is representing 68 victims in a lawsuit against Scott and fellow rapper Drake, as well as the organizers Live Nation and the venue, NRG stadium, with dozens more cases expected to follow.
‘More and more injured victims are contacting my firm by the hour,’ said Henry. ‘While we are all still working to understand the full scope of the Astroworld tragedy, I believe the damages suffered by its victims could total in the billions.’
Furious relatives of the victims are demanding that Scott be held accountable for the tragedy after he continued performing while crowds chanted ‘stop the show.’
The rapper, who said he was ‘devastated’ about the deaths and couldn’t ‘imagine anything like this happening,’ has twice been convicted for encouraging fans to jump security barriers and rush the stage at previous concerts.
Drake, 35, called it a ‘devastating tragedy’ in an Instagram post Sunday night, saying: ‘My heart is broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and for anyone who is suffering. I will continue to pray for all of them and will be of service in any way I can. May God be with you all.’
Removed: The rapper has since been dropped from the Coachella lineup and a forthcoming appearance at the Day N Vegas festival; pictured performing at Astroworld on November 5, 2021
- Travis Scott Sued in France Over ‘La Flame’ Centaur Art