Jay Z and Beyonce, or at least their lawyers, are being dragged into court to defend a lawsuit that claims the couple illegally sampled a singer’s voice for their hit record“Drunk In Love.”

In a civil suit filed in Manhattan, Hungarian singer Monika Miczura, aka Mitsou, claims her “a cappella” vocals from the 1995 song “Bajba, Bajba Pelem” are used in the beginning of “Drunk in Love.” She accuses the couple and producer Timbaland digitally manipulating her voice according to the New York Post.

“Mitsou’s voice was sampled and digitally manipulated without her permission,” the suit says. “In the video, Mitsou’s solo vocal introduction follows 57 seconds of a cinematic, intimate scene of beach at night.”

The song from Beyonce 2013 self-titled album is used “to evoke foreign eroticism alongside the sexually intense lyrics performed by Beyoncé and Jay Z in ‘Drunk in Love,’” the suit says. “All together, Mitsou’s vocals are featured for over one and half minutes of the five and one half minute song, Mitsou has never signed any documents that would permit anyone to use her voice for advertising or trade purposes.”


Mitsou is asking a judge to ban the song from being played as long as her voice is on it. She also seek unspecified monetary damages.