Travis Scott Facing Legal Troubles in France for ‘La Flame’ Cover Art

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Travis Scott has found himself at the center of more legal woes for the alleged unauthorized use of a French artist’s work on an album cover. 

Travis Scott has been named in yet another lawsuit, this time in France, for the alleged unauthorized use of work created by artist Mickaël Mehala, also known as Black Childish, Complex reported

The accusation is centered on the La Flame compilation album, which has original artwork by Mehala depicting the artist as a centaur in the desert on the cover. Mehala claims he sent the artwork to Scott via Instagram in 2016 but “never heard back,” only to discover it was incorporated in the compilation later. 

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Mehala claims he registered a copyright for the centaur artwork in 2019 and attempted to contact Scott’s representatives, supposedly hearing from a lawyer who said his client was unaware of the situation. 

The artist is reportedly seeking “hundreds of thousands of dollars.” 

In a statement, Scott’s attorney Ed McPherson branded the filing as “frivolous and baseless” and said they look forward to securing a swift dismissal. 

“Anyone with access to the internet can tell you that Travis never released an album named La Flame,” he said, per Complex. “The illustration in question was fan-made, and was uploaded to streaming services by those fans, something that any user has the option of doing. Streaming services quickly removed it after they realized that certain people were trying to pass this off as a legitimate album cover.” 

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La Flame comprises a variety of music from the artist and commonly regarded as an “unofficial release,” currently only available for listening on Tidal. 

Forbes once praised Scott as corporate America’s brand whisperer, boasting endorsement deals with companies ranging from PlayStation to McDonald’s. Following the Astroworld catastrophe in November 2021, in which 10 people were killed and hundreds more were injured, America quickly shifted gears.  

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The rapper has since denied responsibility, but remains named in more than 140 lawsuits, which include guest artist and fellow rapper Drake, promoter Live Nation and a slew of others connected to NRG Park and Scoremore Holdings.

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