Beyoncé Refuses to Turn Over Private Texts With Husband Jay-Z For Lawsuit Proceedings
Following in the footsteps of many celebrity parents, Beyoncé and Jay-Z planned to trademark their eldest daughter’s name. But the King and Queen of Hip Hop and R&B are locked in a bitter dispute with business owner Veronica Morales over the use of the name Blue Ivy.
Morales Wants To See The Couple’s Texts
According to documents obtained by The Blast, Morales is demanding Beyoncé hand over her private texts with her mother, Tina Lawson and husband Jay Z.
The wedding planner has requested a long list of documents from the superstar couple that prove they planned to trademark the name Blue Ivy. Morales also wants to see communications between Beyoncé and her mother, about the trademark going back at least two years.
Beyonce Is Seeking A Protective Order
But Beyoncé has reportedly refused to hand over the documents. The notoriously private pop star is also seeking a protective order, which would ban Morales or her legal team from leaking her confidential information. Beyonce’s company BGK Trademark Holdings, filed an application in February 2017, to trademark her daughter Blue Ivy’s name.
The plan was to launch a series of products with Blue Ivy’s name emblazoned on them. This included hair care, clothing lines, and even video games. But Morales claims Bey and Jay “have no intention” of actually selling any products, and instead are just trying to trademark the name “so that nobody else could.”
Morales has opposed Bey and Jay’s plans to trademark Blue Ivy, as her company with the same name has been around for three years before the youngster was born.
Jay-Z Has Previously Slammed Trademarking Kids Names
In court papers, Morales cited a 2013 Vanity Fair interview in which Jay Z blasted the idea of profiting from trademarking his daughter’s name.
“People wanted to make products based on our child’s name, and you don’t want anybody trying to benefit off your baby’s name,” he told the outlet. “It wasn’t for us to do anything; as you see, we haven’t done anything. First of all, it’s a child, and it bothers me when there’s no [boundaries]. I come from the streets, and even in the most atrocious sh*t we were doing, we had lines: no kids, no mothers—there was respect there. But [now] there’s no boundaries. For somebody to say, this person had a kid—I’m gonna make a f***ing stroller with that kid’s name. It’s, like, where’s the humanity?”