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Taylor Swift Personally Responds to 'Shake It Off' Plagiarism Accusations, Says She Never Heard of 3LW Until Lawsuit

Taylor Swift Personally Responds to 'Shake It Off' Plagiarism Accusations, Says She Never Heard of 3LW Until Lawsuit

Taylor Swift is personally responding to a plagiarism lawsuit.

The 32-year-old singer is being sued by Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, the songwriters of the 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play” by 3LW.

The 3LW song contains the lyrics “playas, they gonna play” and “haters, they gonna hate” while Taylor‘s hit song contains the lyrics, “‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”

“The lyrics to ‘Shake It Off’ were written entirely by me,” Taylor said in a sworn declaration that was filed in response to the accusations.

Click inside to read more of what Taylor Swift said in her response…

“Until learning about Plaintiffs’ claim in 2017, I had never heard the song ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ and had never heard of that song or the group 3LW,” she continued (via Billboard).

For those who don’t know, 3LW was the girl group made up of Naturi Naughton and The Cheetah Girls stars Adrienne Bailon and Kiely Williams. Their biggest hit was “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right).”

In the declaration, Taylor said that her parents “did not permit me to watch TRL until I was about 13 years old. None of the CDs I listened to as a child, or after that, were by 3LW. I have never heard the song ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ on the radio, on television, or in any film. The first time I ever heard the song was after this claim was made.”

Taylor opened up about the inspiration for the lyrics.

“In writing the lyrics, I drew partly on experiences in my life and, in particular, unrelenting public scrutiny of my personal life, ‘clickbait’ reporting, public manipulation, and other forms of negative personal criticism which I learned I just needed to shake off and focus on my music,” she said. “I recall hearing phrases about players play and haters hate stated together by other children while attending school in Wyomissing Hills, and in high school in Hendersonville. These phrases were akin to other commonly used sayings like ‘don’t hate the playa, hate the game,’ ‘take a chill pill,’ and ‘say it, don’t spray it.’”

Taylor‘s rep recently responded to backlash over her private plane usage.

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