Jul 08, 2011 at 12:07pm IST

John Legend accused of stealing song

New York: R&B star John Legend has been accused by songwriter Anthony Stokes of ripping off his demo song.

In a lawsuit filed in New Jersey, Stokes stated that he gave the tape to Legend in 2004 after a concert he performed at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The 32-year-old promised to listen to the song, but never got back to Stokes, reports Tmz.com.

The songwriter, however, insists that the track called "Maxine's Interlude", released in 2006, is a little too similar to his song "Where Are You Now?", which was on the demo.

John Legend accused of stealing song

John Legend (Rick Diamond, Getty Images)

He now is demanding unspecified damages.