Looks like that pre-VMA olive branch has been snapped: Pitbull has filed a countersuit against Lindsay Lohan, who is suing him for defamation over a line in his smash hit “Give Me Everything.”
In his new suit, Pitbull alleges that the lyric in question — “I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan” — is justified, given the actress’ ongoing legal problems , and questions whether Lohan is eligible to file suit in New York (her original claim was filed in New York state court, as she claimed to be a resident of Nassau County), since she has been spending the majority of her time serving probation in California.
“In light of Ms. Lohan’s continuing obligations to the State of California, as well as the foregoing facts, Ms. Lohan is a citizen of California, not New York,” Pitbull’s countersuit states.
Lohan first filed suit against the rapper in August, seeking an injunction to stop all broadcast of “Give Me Everything,” claiming that “by virtue of its wide appeal, condemnation, excoriation, disparaging or defamatory statements by the defendants about the plaintiff are destined to do irreparable harm.”
The following week, in a statement on his Planet Pit website, Pitbull apologized to Lohan for any unintended harm from the “Everything” lyric, and said that he actually “supports” the actress’ career.
“In no way, shape or form would I want to bring that on anybody,” he said. “I didn’t look to defame, degrade or hurt someone’s career. For me, mentioning it on a #1 record around the world, I thought it would be helping someone’s career, and keeping them relevant. We mention people’s names all the time; when it comes to rapping, it’s always about double meanings and metaphors and how you flip certain things.”
A spokesperson for Pitbull did not respond to MTV News’ request for comment on the countersuit.