Bad Bunny, the Puerto Rican superstar, is being sued for at least $40 million by his ex-girlfriend, Carliz De La Cruz Hernández, over a voice recording she claims was used in two of his songs without her permission. The recording features the phrase “Bad Bunny, baby” which she says she recorded on her phone in 2015 when they were dating, and sent it to him. The lawsuit claims that her voice has been used for songs, records, promotions, concerts, television, radio, and social and musical platforms worldwide without her consent.
De La Cruz alleges that Bad Bunny offered to buy the rights to the recording for $2,000 in May 2022, but she rejected the offer. The lawsuit also notes that thousands of people have commented directly on her social networks and in public places about the “Bad Bunny, baby” catchphrase, causing her to feel worried, anguished, intimidated, overwhelmed, and anxious.
The court document, obtained by NotiCel, states that Bad Bunny’s manager, Noah Kamil Assad Byrne of Rimas Entertainment, is also listed in the lawsuit. Representatives for Bad Bunny, Byrne, and De La Cruz have not commented on the matter.
According to the lawsuit, Bad Bunny and De La Cruz first began dating in 2011, and he would play his songs for her to get her opinion on them. In January 2016, Bad Bunny proposed to De La Cruz, and they were set to get married in July of that year. However, Bad Bunny was signed to Rimas Entertainment in April 2016, while De La Cruz was accepted into the University of Puerto Rico’s law school. They broke up in May 2016, rekindled their romance in 2017, and eventually broke up for good shortly after.