Beyoncé is one artist that doesn’t take false rumors lightly. Her publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, recently responded to designer Nusi Quero‘s claims on Instagram that Beyoncé’s stylist, Marni Senofonte, had failed to pay him for work. Noel-Schure disputed the claims and said there was proof that the stylist had made all the due payments.
Quero had gone on Instagram earlier this week to blast Senofonte and Beyoncé for failing to complete the payments for his work with his collaborator. He claimed the payments had been pending for three months and that Senofonte had stopped responding to messages and emails on the subject.
Beyoncé’s rep confirmed that the accusations were all false and said the team had mailed Quero a check for his final payment. Singer Kelis had previously attacked Beyoncé for using a sample of her song without double-checking for permission. In response, Beyoncé took the sample off the song and album and removed Kelis from the credits.
Read on to find out more.
Beyoncé’s Publicist Addressed Incomplete Payment Claims
In a statement to NYP, Beyoncé’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, addressed Quero’s claims that Senofonte had refused to pay him the balance for his work. She said, “It is deeply troubling that designer Nusi Quero has posted damaging statements about Marni Senofonte regarding non-payments for work completed. In fact, he was paid for his work, and there is proof of all payments made.”
Noel-Schure also said that Beyoncé’s team has been in communication with his team and confirmed that “there were three payments made to him.” She also confirmed the details of each payment and said the first was made on May 9th, and they made the final payment in September due to bank delays and errors.
Nusi Quero Accused Beyoncé’s Stylist On Instagram
Quero had accused Senofonte on Instagram earlier this week, saying the stylist had stifled him on pay for his projects on Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” album. The projects Quero worked on included an “album cover piece,” styling for a video, and a “red custom 3D printed top I miraculously procured last miniature [sic] for a video shoot.”
He posted an open letter that read per NYP, “As a stylist for B, I expected the best from you and your team. But since you won’t respond to texts and emails. I suppose this is the final venue I can utilize before legal means to settle the outstanding balances that you’ve owed me and my collaborator for about three months.”
In the letter, Quero admitted that someone named Marni had paid a 50% deposit for one of three jobs and that the deposit took more than a month to get to his team. He also admitted to a bank issue with the subsequent payment but alleged that his team immediately fixed it.
The Publicist Said There Were Bank Issues
Noel-Schure also spoke more on the bank issues that delayed Quero’s final payment. She said, “the second payment, a fifty percent down payment on the agreed cost, was made via wire on July 8th, 2022. The third and final payment was returned when he changed his account number. It was returned as an invalid account number based on an error on his part.”
She then explained that Beyoncé’s team had “persistent and exhausting communication” with Quero’s team to obtain the right account information for payment. According to Noel-Schure, there were then two unsuccessful wire transfer attempts, and after that, the team mailed Quero a physical check on September 29th, 2022.
Beyoncé Has Had To Deal With Several Accusations Since Her Album Was Announced
Quero isn’t the only person with contributions to the Renaissance album that has called out Beyoncé. Singer Kelis called the “Halo” singer for allegedly sampling her song “Milkshake” in the new song “Energy” without getting her permission. Kelis had been credited for the sample in the credits for “Energy,” but the singer felt more should have been done.
In response, Beyoncé made no statement and didn’t address Kelis’ claims. Instead, she quietly removed the offending sample from the song and album. The sampled beat is no longer on the song on any streaming services, and Kelis’ name has been removed from the list of credits.
The “Halo” singer was also recently slammed by UK pop duo Right Said Fred for sampling their song without taking permission from them directly. The duo called Beyoncé “arrogant” and were swiftly addressed by her for their “erroneous” accusations.