Bad Bunny's Ex-Girlfriend Hits Him With $40M Lawsuit For Non-Consensually Using Her Voice Memo In His Music

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Bad Bunny speaks onstage at Billboard Women In Music held at YouTube Theater on March 1, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Billboard via Getty Images)

The Puerto Rican rapper used a recording of Carliz de la Cruz Hernández saying his stage name in several songs.

Bad Bunny's ongoing romance with Kendall Jenner has been heating up the headlines for weeks now, but an old flame has unfortunately returned to cause him some trouble. Carliz de la Cruz Hernández doesn't seem to be interfering with the rapper's love life. Still, she is dead set on getting money after her ex non-consensually used an audio clip she previously sent him in various songs. Pitchfork reviewed the new lawsuit, first reported on by NotiCel, reporting that the alleged victim is seeking $40 million in compensation as a result of her property's usage.

The sound bite in question finds Hernández breathily saying, "Bad Bunny, baby." It appears in both 2016's "Pa Ti," and the more recent "Dos Mil 16" from Un Verano Sin Ti. "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.’ This has caused, and currently causes, de la Cruz to feel worried, anguished, intimidated, overwhelmed and anxious," a rough translation of the Puerto Rican lawsuit reads. Aside from suing her ex, the plaintiff is also going after Rimas Entertainment and Noah Kamil Assad Byrne, the foreign artist's manager.

Bad Bunny's Non-Consensual Voice Memo Usage

Things have obviously turned sour between them now, but Bunny and Hernández were together from 2011 until 2017. They attended the University of Puerto Rico together in 2012, and at the time, he was reportedly writing songs – many of which he sought his girlfriend's input on. Aside from sharing her thoughts, the 29-year-old also allegedly took on the responsibility of handling invoices, overseeing contracts, and scheduling events and performances for her beau.

According to the plaintiff, one of Benito Ocasio's representatives got in contact last May, seeking her permission to use her voice memo. At the time, Hernández refused a $2,000 offer, instead asking to discuss a contract for licensing her voice. She later met up with the representative to hear the song it would appear on and ultimately refused, saying she felt uncomfortable moving forward. Regardless, Bunny and his team moved forward with releasing the track on his latest album, which has since received plenty of praise from fans.

Bad Bunny's Former Lover Comes for His Millions

Bad Bunny accepts the Best Música Urbana Album for “Un Verano Sin Ti” during the 65th GRAMMY Awards at Crypto.com Arena on February 05, 2023, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Timothy Norris/FilmMagic)

"Since de la Cruz made it clear that she did not consent to its use, its publication constituted an act of gross negligence, bad faith, and, worse still, an attack on their privacy, morals, and dignity since all parties had and still have knowledge of these facts and even so decided to be reckless and break the law," Hernández's lawsuit states. "Likewise, the publication of the song ‘Dos Mil 16’ without the consent of Carliz was carried out intentionally, in bad faith and for profit." Do you think that Bad Bunny's ex deserves his millions? Let us know in the comments, and check back later for more music news updates.

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Hayley Hynes is the former Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, she stepped down after two years in 2024 to pursue other creative opportunities but remains on staff part-time to cover music, gossip, and pop culture news. Currently, she contributes similar content on Blavity and 21Ninety, as well as on her personal blog where she also offers tarot/astrology services. Hayley resides on the western side of Canada, previously spending a year in Vancouver to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald Centre and Journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary before that. She's passionate about helping others heal through storytelling, and shares much more about her life on Instagram @hayleyhynes.