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Settlement Reached in Lawsuit over ‘Justify My Love’ Credit

January 30, 1992 GMT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Songwriter Ingrid Chavez will get a co-writing credit and a share of royalties for Madonna’s steamy single ″Justify My Love″ under an out-of- court lawsuit settlement.

Ms. Chavez filed a federal lawsuit in July naming singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz. The suit contended she wrote the lyrics but that Kravitz, who produced the song, talked her into giving up songwriting credit and three- quarters of her royalties for $500.

Terms of the financial settlement weren’t released. The disputed royalties, which were held in escrow, are being distributed, said Ms. Chavez’s attorney, Steven E. Kurtz.


Madonna’s credit and share of royalties for her additional lyrics were never in dispute, Kurtz said. Sales of the 1990 single are estimated at more than 10 million copies worldwide.

Ms. Chavez, who starred with Prince in the movie ″Graffiti Bridge,″ said she’s glad a settlement was reached.

″Lenny and I were good friends who created a beautiful song together. We both went through some changes and now have made it out the other side, in agreement,″ she said in a statement Wednesday.

Kravitz had no comment, according to his management firm, HK Management of Beverly Hills, Calif.