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Kanye West sued for plagiarism claim over 'Stronger'

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Last night he returned to the awards show stage with an acclaimed performance, but Kanye West was sued Friday by a rapper claiming he actually wrote the Grammy-winning West single "Stronger."

The complaint was filed by Vincent "Vince P." Peters, of Leesburg, Va., in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and says Peters wrote the song in 2006 and then played it for John Monopoly, an associate and business manager for West that Peters hoped to work with, in Monopoly's home on Nov. 12, 2006.

Seven months later, according to the claim, West's "Stronger" was released. Peters says West's version copies "significant and important parts" of his original lyrics, including a mention of supermodel Kate Moss. The suit is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.

West's "Stronger" has sold 3 million copies and is the 16th most downloaded song of all time, according to iTunes. It was included on the album "Graduation," which debuted at No. 1 and has also sold nearly 3 million copies.

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