Rapper Chanel West Coast claims Sharon Stone worked with her for almost a year on the track called “Sharon Stoned” that the actress is suing her over — and even produced a photo of them together to prove it.
The “Basic Instinct” star filed a lawsuit Monday accusing the MTV star-turned-performer of “gratuitously” exploiting her “extraordinary level of popularity and fame” with the track “Sharon Stoned.”
But the rapper, real name Chelsea Chanel Dudley, insists that Stone not only knew about her gushing homage — she was actually a key collaborator who was due to star in the video.
“I am very surprised and disappointed in the filing of this lawsuit,” Dudley, 31, said in a statement.
“I created a song and video paying homage to her that Sharon was not only fully aware of, but also in cooperation with.”
Dudley insisted that Stone had “months of conversations, in-person meetings with myself and the director, two dance rehearsals and even had her own ideas that she shared with myself and my team for the collaborative on the video.”
Dudley produced a photo of her with the 61-year-old actress at a dance studio that she claims was taken during one of those rehearsals.
The actress was supposed to appear in the video, giving her “support and approval” for the shoot that pays homage to many of her best-loved movie moments, including the “Basic Instinct” leg-uncrossing scene, the rapper’s rep claimed.
But she “suddenly and unexpectedly pulled out and left the studio” the day of the shoot — the first they knew there was an issue before Monday’s lawsuit was filed in federal court in Los Angeles, the rep said.
“The entire production team and myself were surprised when she walked off,” Dudley insisted.
“Nonetheless, the shoot proceeded. I am an artist who was expressing myself through music by making a song and video about someone whom I greatly admire.
“I only had the best intentions to create something visually amazing that highlights Sharon Stone as well as myself and for that I have done nothing wrong.”
Dudley’s rep said Stone was “aware and involved” for “close to a year,” giving no reason for her sudden exit.
Stone’s lawsuit made no mention of her knowing Dudley, let alone having allegedly worked with her on the offending production.
Stone is seeking unspecified damages to be awarded by trial for the song, which her lawsuit notes “gratuitously” repeats her full name 33 times along with her first name another 99 times. She is also seeking a “preliminary and permanent injunction” against the song and its video.
Stone’s reps did not immediately return calls for comment.
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