DALLAS — Dallas songwriter and recording artist Jackie Leigh has been writing music since she was eight years old. She thought her career was finally taking off.
Now she alleges that one of her songs was stolen by Grammy award-winning producer Adonis.
Leigh hired Adonis and worked with him at Babyface Enterprises' esteemed studios in Los Angeles.
She signed a contract and paid him thousands of dollars to co-produce the song "Addiction," but Leigh's song ended up being played on Oxygen TV, where the producer was witnessed on air using the original score for the show with another singer.
Adonis and Aubrey O'Day were filmed in a season finale episode of "All About Aubrey" using Leigh’s original music composition as a song for O’Day to perform.
Leigh says this was done in an effort to revive the reality star's stalled music career.
"I felt sick to my stomach, literally," Leigh said. "It felt like I'd been kicked in the gut. This is my art. This is something I created, and someone stole it from me."
Leigh says she was just a single mom trying to follow her dream. "I can't believe I was taken advantage of," she said. "I trusted Adonis."
The court documents claim Jackie Leigh is the author and co-creator of the sound and music. So when she heard her music played during the season finale of the "All About Aubrey" reality show, she was in shock.
Leigh says the show's star, Aubrey O'Day, changed the lyrics and later landed a record deal.
"She should write her own music," Leigh said. "I just got angry, because I wasn't even a factor in their mind."
Entertainment attorney Danica Mathes says music piracy is a huge problem in the industry. "The players are actually involved in the original recording, so, sadly this happens quite often," she said. "People take part of a song and redo it for another artist without maybe the owner's permission to do so."
Leigh says artists have a hard time proving copyright infringement and she is going to fight for her rights.
"I did everything to protect myself. I have the copyright, the contractual agreement, and I still got crushed," she said. "There needs to be more laws in place to protect the little guys, the independent artists like me who are just trying to make it."
The attorney for music mogul Adonis, who is at the core of the lawsuit, did not give us a comment about the case, but we learned there is talk of a settlement.
The Dallas artist's publishing company, Platinum Jack Entertainment, filed the federal lawsuit in Los Angeles. The plaintiffs in the case are Adonis Shropshire, Aubrey O'Day and Oxygen Media LLC.
The Federal suit alleges Copyright Infringement, Breach of Contract, and Accounting for Profits of Ms. Leigh.