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Jay-Z Reaches Settlement In Lawsuit With 'Reasonable Doubt' Photographer

Jay-Z Reaches Settlement In Lawsuit With 'Reasonable Doubt' Photographer

Published Fri, January 27, 2023 at 2:00 PM EST

Jay-Z has reached a settlement with photographer Jonathan Mannion who captured the images for some of Jay's biggest albums including Reasonable Doubt, Hard Knock Life and The Blueprint.

In 2021, Jay-Z sued Jonathan Mannion Photography LLC, claiming that the photographer was using his images to profit from his name and likeness without his consent. The complaint cited prints that Mannion was selling on his website for thousands of dollars. Mannion demanded millions of dollars when he was asked to cease and desist. When the parties failed to negotiate a settlement, the case was due to go to trial in March, but it appears that the parties have come to a resolution and the case will not go to court.

According to documents obtained by AllHipHop, the involved parties have asked the judge to vacate the trial, stating that they are ready to settle. The doc further states that they working diligently towards finalizing a settlement before the February 17th due date.

"Parties have engaged in settlement discussions and agreed in principle on the terms of the settlement, which includes a stipulated dismissal of this action, subject to execution of a long-form settlement agreement,” the document read in part.

Mannion has famously taken some of the most iconic images in hip-hop history, capturing moments from DMX, Ja Rule, Nas, Aaliyah, and many more, earning himself a reputation as one of the genre’s greatest photographers. 

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