Katy Perry Takes The Stand To Defend 'Dark Horse' Beat

By Lauren Berg (July 18, 2019, 11:43 PM EDT) -- Katy Perry told a California federal jury Thursday that she's never heard the Christian rap song she's accused of ripping off to make her single "Dark Horse," kicking off an intellectual property trial over whether her songwriters listened to the rap before writing her hit.

During opening statements in a packed courtroom in downtown Los Angeles, Michael A. Khan of Capes Sokol, an attorney for Christian rap artists Marcus Gray aka Flame, Emanuel Lambert aka D.A. Truth, and Chike Ojukwu, insisted his clients don't believe Perry and her team of writers — including songwriting titans Lukasz Gottwald, known as Dr. Luke,...

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