MTV Reports: Christina Milian sues Record Producer Poli Paul
Published by Gil Kaufman on Friday, August 8, 2008 on MTV.Com’s News Blog
The stiletto is on the other foot for Christina Milian, who’s suing Poli Paul, the writer/producer of her 2004 breakout hit â€œDip It Low.â€ According to TMZ.com, Milian claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday in L.A. County Superior Court that Paul â€œvery definitivelyâ€ assured her that â€œthere were no samples whatsoever in â€¦ â€˜Dip It Low.’ â€
But a trio of little-known artists â€”Thomas Turino, Larry Crook and Dan Dickey â€” later sued Milian over the song, claiming that it contained a sample from a track they released in 1983 called â€œLa Sirena.â€ The lawsuit claims that Paul heard the album while in a Pasadena, California, record store, liked the tune and sampled 12 seconds of it for â€œDip It Low.â€ Milian claims to have spent more than $300,000 defending herself in the â€œSirenaâ€ trio’s case, which she has since settled, and she’s now going after Paul and his production partner for the $300k, plus damages.
A spokesperson for Milian could not be reached for comment at press time. While Paul could also not be reached for comment, his official MySpace page features the message, â€œNot Guilty!!! LoL.â€