Kandi Burruss Explains Lawsuit Against Kim Zolciak: ‘It’s Not A Publicity Stunt!’

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I’ve said this time and time again, the real drama between these reality stars happens off the camera. Such is the case of former reality BFF’s (well, BFF’s may be a bit of an exaggeration) Kandi Burrus and Kim Zolciak of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. This week, we learned that Kandi is suing Kim for not properly compensating her for the three-year-old song, “Don’t Be Tardy For The Party.

Kandi and co-writer Rodney Richards filed paperwork in a Georgia court seeking:

Damages for copyright infringement due to Defendants’ unauthorized and unlawful licensing, distribution and sale of Plaintiffs’ creative works, namely a sound recording embodying a performance of a musical composition entitled ‘Tardy for the Party. ‘ “

Kim issued a response to TooFab, suggesting that Kandi is suing her as a publicity stunt:

“This is nothing short of a publicity stunt, I find this lawsuit funny yet sad. Coming after me now and this song is 4 years old? I have in fact overpaid Kandi and have documents to prove it and my legal team will handle this accordingly.”

And apparently, Kandi has caught wind of Kim’s ‘publicity stunt’ comment, releasing a statement to HipHollywood. She responded:

“It’s time for the whole ordeal to be over. I asked TuneCore to take the song down in December 2012. They did. Kim sent an affidavit to put it back up, which they did. TuneCore then informed me that in order for the song to be taken down permanently I would need to file suit to have it removed. I never wanted to go that route but after being told that it is the only way to get the song removed, I had no other choice….This is not a publicity stunt. I no longer wish for anyone to benefit from the work that Don Vito and I created.”

Interesting exchange. What are your thoughts on the lawsuit? Should Kandi take an ‘L’, and let the song and its profit go? Or should Kim Zolciak take the song down or pay-up? P.S. Atlanta stays w/ the drama–right?