The Song: Madonna “Justify My Love” (1990)
The Plaintiff: Ingrid Chavez
The Case: Known as one of Madge’s most controversial songs (and its ensuing video), “Justify My Love” actually started out as a demo by the then up and coming Lenny Kravitz and poet and former Prince protégé Ingrid Chavez. When the single was released though, Madonna and Kravitz were credited as the songwriters and Chavez’s name was nowhere to be found. She quickly filed suit.
The Judgment: Though the case was settled out of court rumor has it that Ingrid Chavez was handsomely compensated. Her name was added to the song’s writer credits “with additional lyrics by Madonna.”