John Legend has dismissed plagiarism claims made by aspiring artist Anthony Stokes.
Stokes accused Legend of copying his track 'Where Are You Now?', which featured on a demo tape that he claims to have given Legend following one of the 'Getting Nowhere' singer's concerts in North Carolina in 2004.
Stokes went on to assert that Legend's track 'Maxine's Interlude' from his 2006 LP Once Again is based on his unpublished track, and he is seeking unspecified copyright damages.
"Mr Legend released an album with a song sounding eerily similar that was featured fairly heavily in concert performances in 2008, which is another aspect of our damages [request]," Stokes's lawyer Louis D. Tambaro told E! Online.
"From our respective position the case will hinge on Mr Legend's access to my client's work and... the similarity between the works that will require scientific analysis and expert opinion."
However, Legend has denied the allegations, saying: "This gentleman made an accusation that's not true and we know it's not true.
"I never heard of his song until he sued me. I would never steal anyone's song. I've never, ever done that before. Never even been accused of it before, and we will fight it in court and we will prevail. I'm not worried about it. I know the truth is on my side."
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Listen to John Legend's 'Maxine's Interlude' below: