Ezra Miller Accused of Music Theft By Two Musicians
Two musicians have accused Ezra Miller of stealing music they worked on and releasing it without giving them credit. Speaking to Rolling Stone, music producer Oliver Ignatius spoke about his collaborations with Miller, alleging that the We Need To Talk About Kevin star had published music online without giving him credit or asking for consent.
Ignatius said of his decision to work with his longtime friend, “They were going through a scorched earth-type fallout with their Hollywood career. They were severing many of the relationships in their life and seemed to be on a very dangerous spiral.”
A music producer who worked with Ezra Miller on a project then claims Miller leaked the whole thing without the producer's knowledge calls the actor out for "an extremely unethical and hurtful act." “They stole from artists that have fewer resources."https://t.co/Vz7uQ1Lyk7— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) May 16, 2022
The pair met up in the mainland US and Hawaii to work on the project, with Ignatius describing the work as “like pulling teeth.”
“We all had high hopes that it was going to be a project that was beautiful, that was going to be meaningful for us,” he added. “But it didn’t really pan out that way.” According to the artist, he then worked on the music independently, making production tweaks and adding a verse from Philadelphia rapper Ghais Guevara on one of the tracks.
After regrouping with Miller after the actor’s arrests, Ignatius said they fell out over a song he had written regarding a female friend who was murdered by her husband. He claims that Miller threw an “aggressive temper tantrum” over the track’s meaning. “They were completely triggered by the song which totally freaked me out because basic feminism is a really hard-line,” he said. “If we don’t agree that violence by a man against a woman isn’t something worth speaking on, then we don’t agree on much. Ezra’s behavior throughout this exchange was atrocious, belligerent, threatening, and incredibly aggressive.”
After Ignatius quit the project, Miller, 29, then posted the unfinished music online, including songs they had not worked on at all. “What Ezra did was commit an… extremely unethical and hurtful act,” said Ignatius. “They stole from artists that have fewer resources than them but maybe have art that Ezra wants… The person I thought I knew was a much gentler soul than the person that we’re seeing right now. It’s been a very concerning journey.”
Guevara also shared allegations about Miller, writing a thread on Twitter, “I’m posting this just to say if you are an Ezra stan, just know that the music they’re involved in isn’t a result of their own work. Especially the song that has MY verse in it.”
the project got scrapped and Oliver and I are gonna continue with our collaborations. but im posting this just to say if you are an Ezra stan, just know that the music they’re involved in isn’t a result of their own work. ESPECIALLY the song that has MY verse in it (6/)— غيث 🌍 (@GhaisGuevara) May 11, 2022
Ignatius told Rolling Stone that he intends to sue Miller in order to take down the unfinished music, as he owns the track’s masters.
The Fantastic Beasts actor has been at the center of a number of recent violent altercations in Hawaii. In April, Miller was arrested and charged with second-degree assault after allegedly throwing a chair at a woman. In late March, they were arrested in a karaoke bar in Hilo for disorderly conduct and harassment.