Fashion designer Nusi Quero claims he hasn’t received full payment for working on Beyoncé’s latest album, Renaissance.
In a since-deleted Instagram post captured by Complex, Quero claimed unpaid payments for his work, including his work for the album cover. He notably accused Marni Senofonte, Beyoncé’s stylist, of the lack of appropriate compensation.
“As a stylist for B, I really expected the best from you and your team,” Quero wrote, targeting Senofonte, in the post. “But since you don’t respond to texts and emails. I guess this is the last resort I can use before legal means to settle your outstanding balances, which you owe us and my associate for about 3 months.
The post described the projects in question, including the “album cover piece”, a second set for the cover, styling services for a music video and “a custom 3D printed red top that I miraculously purchased the last thumbnail for a video shoot”. He went on to say that the stylist had “paid me a 50% deposit for one of the three jobs”, but that did not include the job for the Renaissance cover.
Beyonce’s team responded to the allegations with a statement denying the allegations.
“It is deeply disturbing that designer Nusi Quero has issued damaging statements to Marni Senofonte regarding non-payments for completed work. In fact, he was paid for his work, and there is evidence of all payments made “, reps for the star said in a statement to AND online.
“We have been in communication with his team and three payments have been issued to him,” the statement continued. “The first payment was made on May 9, 2022. The second payment, a fifty percent deposit on the agreed cost, was made by wire transfer on July 8, 2022. The third and final payment was returned when it was changed account number. It was returned as an invalid account number due to an error on his part.
They added: “After persistent and exhausting communication to obtain the correct information on his account and two unsuccessful bank transfer attempts, a physical check was mailed to him for final payment on September 29, 2022.”
The designer took to Instagram again, sharing a photo of a check and writing, “Partial payment of outstanding invoices due to Nusi Quero for services rendered in June/July 2022. Received October 14, 2022. Your harassment at my regard is disgusting, and unwarranted, and does not phase me. you don’t even know why you’re angry. My art is worth the money I charge it.
The post continued, “You act like a billion dollar company press release with a PR firm and a legal team on a gossip rag like Page Six is the truth. become fucking real. they didn’t even contact me for a comment as it says they did.
Before signing with love, the artist concluded with “what are you trying to tear my name for? there are real enemies you should shoot. I literally try to do beautiful things. I can’t do this without the money owed to me.
The claim comes just a week after English pop group Right Said Fred accused the megastar of not asking permission to use their 1991 hit ‘I’m Too Sexy’ in their track ‘Alien Superstar’ on the album.
The artist’s team released a statement in response to the ‘I’m Too Sexy’ claim, saying “Right Said Fred’s comments that Beyoncé used ‘I’m Too Sexy’ in ‘Alien Superstar’ without permission are misguided and incredibly derogatory Permission has not only been granted for its use, but they have publicly expressed their gratitude for being on the album.
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