Miley Cyrus sued for $300 million for allegedly stealing 'We Can't Stop'

Miley Cyrus was sued for $300 million by a Jamaican reggae artist who says she stole his song.

Michael May, who had a Jamaican hit single in 1988 under the name Flourgon, said his "We Run Things" has been misappropriated for Miley's hit single, claiming half the song is stolen. Mr. Flourgon seems to thinks Miley's declaration of not the same thing as him saying he runs things. Which is admittedly very similar to a line Cyrus sings in We Can't Stop, which reads "We run things, things don't run we".

According to legal documents obtained by ABC News, Caribbean songwriter Michael May, who performs under the name Flourgon, has sued the singer in NY federal court.

Now: "We Run Things", which is a great song, sounds absolutely nothing like "We Can't Stop", which is not.

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His lawyers went on to contend that Cyrus's song "owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content".

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In the suit, Flourgon argued that Miley Cyrus undergo some drastic changes in "her style of dress and personal vocalizations to reflect the grittiness, aggression, and sultriness associated with US-based hip-hop, R&B, urban and Caribbean music". It also called for further sales and performances of the song to stop.

Representatives for Cyrus, 25, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

  • Stacy Houston