Drake is being sued by a celebrity jeweler for $50,000 because the rapper allegedly stole the design of his OVO owl pendant and made more. However, the Toronto native claims the design is Egyptian, so the lawsuit doesn't have merit and should be thrown out.
Drake claims he's the victim of a pyramid scheme -- and is targeting a prominent jeweler.
TMZ broke the story ... New York jeweler Michael Raphael of Baden Baden, Inc. claims he created a $50K diamond studded platinum owl pendant for Drake ... based on a logo he's been using for years. The jeweler claimed Drizzy then knocked off replicas of the pendant ... thus the lawsuit.
In his legal docs, Drake says the jeweler doesn't own the design -- pharaohs do ... because it's based on an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph -- a symbol that may be more than 5,000 years old.
Needless to say, Drizzy is asking that the judge dismiss the case.
Check out flicks of Drake and his crew rocking the chains in question in the gallery.