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Thursday 29 January 2015

Shakira sued by ex for 100m dollars

Shakira is being sued by her ex
Shakira is being sued by her ex

Shakira is being sued for 100 million dollars by her ex-boyfriend who claims he built the "Shakira brand".

The singer and coach on talent show The Voice is asking a judge to throw out the lawsuit filed by her ex, Antonio de La Rua, the son of former Argentine President Fernando, who she dated for over 10 years before they split in 2011.

De la Rua claims in court papers that he helped create the "Shakira brand" and was the brains behind her hits, Hips Don't Lie and Waka Waka.

Shakira - who is now in a relationship with Spanish football player Gerard Pique and gave birth to her first child in January - states in legal documents that she does not owe her success to de la Rua.

The singer stated that when she first met de la Rua at a concert in Argentina in 2000, she was "already a well-known and recognised artist with an established international career".

She admits de la Rue was one of "numerous advisers", but stated that "though he lacked experience or knowledge of the music industry", she decided, in 2005, at his request, to involve him in some matters relating to the business because he "was unemployed".

But de la Rue - who was originally seeking 250 million dollars - insists Shakira's fame is partially due to him, saying he convinced the star to record Hips Don't Lie even though she "hated it" at first, and helped her land a 300 million dollar deal with Live Nation in 2008.

He also claims he "inspired" Shakira to write her song Waka Waka, which became the anthem for the 2010 World Cup.

De la Rue's lawyer told E! News, "We just want to have our day in court."

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