Big Freedia settles lawsuit with former choreographer – BoilingNews


Big Freedia has settled a lawsuit she filed in 2018 against her former choreographer Wilberto Dejarnetti, Pitchfork can confirm. According to court documents viewed by Pitchfork, “the negotiations were successful and a settlement has been reached.” The case was dropped without charges and prejudice. In a statement shared with Pitchfork via a representative, Big Freedia wrote: “Wilberto has been a wonderful friend and collaborator to me over the years. He is a unique talent and I am happy that we were able to overcome this dispute. We are both looking to the future and all the opportunities it offers for all of us.”

Freedia sued Dejarnetti, who appeared regularly on her Fuse reality TV show “Queen of Bounce” in November 2018. Freedia sued for monetary damages and ownership of the choreography, music, and videos she collaborated on during her and Dejarnetti’s time between 2014 and 2017.

Freedia’s attorneys originally claimed that after ending their professional relationship in 2017, Dejarnetti had continued to seek royalties of $500 a month for dance routines “based largely on and derived from traditional ‘bouncing’ dance moves and other routines” that Freedia and her dancers use. had used for years. The lawsuit alleged that Dejarnetti had already been paid for his services. The lawsuit also alleged that Dejarnetti claimed to co-author Freedia’s songs and that he withheld videos from the period in which he was hired.

The latest court documents, filed on Nov. 18, state that if there is no motion to reopen the case, it will be officially closed.

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