The reverend Mason Betha just can’t do right by his wife, church or the game of Hip-Hop. He is being sued by model Stephanie Rao for swiping one of her photos without her permission and using it his single “Why Can’t We,” a.k.a. a rap song nobody cared about.
Mase’s return to rap is off to a rough start — he’s getting sued over his comeback song by a model who claims he jacked her photo to promote his song.
According to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Stephanie Delgado (who goes by Stephanie Rao for modeling) claims Mase lifted the photo straight from her Instagram page and used it to promote his new song, “Why Can’t We.”
Rao says no one ever contacted her asking for permission to use the photo … which she says ended up being used on more than 40 different sites to promote the song.
Rao is seeking royalties in the amount of $60,000 and damages in the amount of $180,000.
We’re not sure where he lawyer team calculated $60K worth of royalties. The record has a little over 30,000 plays on YouTube and has never charted on Billboard. A similar case of stolen artwork also happened to his former running mate Lil Kim earlier this year.
“M-A dollar sign E” has been making the news for all the wrong reasons as of late and this recent incident just adds to the laundry list of struggle. Last month, his church accused him for “not practicing what he preached” after it was discovered that he was giving marriage counseling classes while trying to keep his ongoing divorce with his wife a secret.
On the good side, win, lose or draw, the case should gain Ms. Delgado a bit of boost in her modeling career.
Check out pics of some of her greatest flicks in the gallery as well as the song which stirred the legal pot.
Photo: Instagram/Stephanie Rao