Usher Accused Of Stealing Songwriter’s 1990s Tune

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September 21, 2011 | 9:20pm EST

Usher has become the latest star to be dragged into a plagiarism drama following song-stealing allegations from a little-known songwriter.
Ernest Lee Straughter claims the hitmaker’s chart-topping hit Burn is more than a little similar to his track The Reasons Why and he has filed suit against Usher, his co-writers and producer Jermaine Dupri, and a California federal judge has accepted a musicologist’s report that noted substantial similarity between the two songs,

Usher’s lawyers are pleading with the judge to re-examine the case, according to

Straughter’s tune appeared on an album by R&B group Reel Tight under the name No More Pain in 1998.