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Thursday, 25 July, 2002, 07:31 GMT 08:31 UK
Destiny's Child settle libel case
Destiny's Child won a Grammy for Survivor
Destiny's Child won a Grammy for Survivor
Two former members of Destiny's Child have settled a libel action against the R&B group over the lyrics to the hit Survivor.

LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson were suing the act, together with manager Matthew Knowles and Sony Music, claiming that the words to the Grammy-winning song were libellous.

The pair quit the girl group in 2000, blaming the powerful influence of Mr Knowles, father of lead singer Beyonce Knowles.

They were replaced by Farrah Franklin and Michelle Williams.

Beyonce Knowles is the lead singer of the group
Beyonce Knowles is the lead singer of the group
When Franklin left just months later, original members Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland, along with Williams, decided to continue as a trio.

They have gone on to become one of the biggest female groups in the world, notching up hits including Independent Woman Part One and Bootylicious.

But LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson believed Survivor violated a previous settlement preventing either party from making "any public comment of a disparaging nature concerning one another".

'Silly'

Their main concern was with the lyrics: "You thought that I'd be stressed without you/ But I'm chillin'/ You thought I wouldn't sell without you/ Sold nine million."

But Beyonce Knowles, who co-wrote the track, said the song was not directed at the group's former members but at all the people who had believed Destiny's Child would fail.

"I've had people from school who said we weren't going to make it. We had a label that dropped us," she said.

"For me, I have no problems with anybody. I was 17 when they left. It was a long time ago... it's silly."

Luckett and Roberson had been seeking unspecified damages for breach of contract, defamation, libel and fraud.

They had previously failed to persuade a court to stop the group performing the song live.

Beyonce Knowles
Knowles is starring in the new Austin Powers movie
No details of the settlement have been released, although it is said to have been reached amicably.

Break

Luckett and Roberson's lawyer, Warren M Fitzgerald, said: "They are happy at this point to put it all behind them. They do feel vindicated by the course of action they took."

Thomas Fulkerson, who represents Destiny's Child, previously called the lawsuit "ridiculous", saying it was "unfortunate the plaintiffs have nothing better to do".

He declined to comment on the settlement.

Destiny's Child have recently toured Europe but are taking a break from recording commitments.

Knowles has taken the leap into the acting world, starring opposite Mike Myers in Austin Powers: Goldmember.

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