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‘I feel orphaned’ - Rita Ora suing Jay Z’s Roc Nation

Published 18/12/2015 | 09:11

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 25: (Exclusive Coverage) Jay-Z and Rita Ora attend the Roc Nation Pre-GRAMMY Brunch presented by MAC Viva Glam at Private Residence on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 25: (Exclusive Coverage) Jay-Z and Rita Ora attend the Roc Nation Pre-GRAMMY Brunch presented by MAC Viva Glam at Private Residence on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Rita Ora is suing Jay Z's Roc Nation label, according to reports.

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The British pop star and X Factor judge has filed a lawsuit over a violation of California's "seven-year rule" and claims that a recording contract she signed in 2008 when she was 18 is "unenforceable".

In the suit, filed on Thursday, Ora claims she was left feeling "orphaned" as Jay Z's company diversified into other areas including sports management and streaming service Tidal.

The complaint reads, "When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artist.

"As Roc Nation's interests diversified, there were fewer resources available and the company suffered a revolving door of executives. Rita's remaining supporters at the label left or moved on to other activities, to the point where she no longer had a relationship with anyone at the company."

It adds, "Between Sony’s limited economic return from its orphaned relationship with Roc Nation and Sony’s indirect relationship with Rita, Rita is caught in a political quagmire of dysfunction."

The singer says she has been funding her TV appearances, recording costs and is demanding she is released from the label.

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