Popular Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, is being sued by his ex-girlfriend for $40 million over claims he used a recording of her voice without permission or compensation.
Carliz De La Cruz Hernández alleges she is the woman behind the breathy “Bad Bunny, baby” voice memo that appears on the tracks “Pa Ti” (2017) and “Dos Mil 16” (2022), the latter of which is included on the Grammy-winning album “Un Verano Sin Ti”. Both tracks have more than 200 million plays each on Spotify.
According to court documents, De La Cruz’s lawyers claim that she recorded the voice memo in 2015 while dating the singer. She says that she received a request from him to record it while at a party and sent him several versions of the voice memo.
“Thousands of people have commented directly on Carliz’s social media networks, as well as every time she goes to a public place, about ‘Bad Bunny baby,’” the lawsuit states. “This has caused, and currently causes, De La Cruz to feel worried, anguished, intimidated, overwhelmed and anxious.”
Her lawyers argue that Bad Bunny’s representation offered her $2,000 USD to buy the rights to the voice memo from her just days before “Un Verano Sin Ti” was released but that De La Cruz had refused. De la Cruz is now seeking at least $40 million.
Along with seeking damages from Bad Bunny, De La Cruz is also suing his manager, Noah Kamil Assad Byrne.